'Urgent' hunt for source of NSW man's Covid infection

Brianne Tolj
·2-min read

NSW recorded six new covid cases in returning overseas travellers up until 8pm last night while one local case possibly connected to the Avalon cluster emerged on Thursday morning.

The man came forward on Thursday morning after developing symptoms following a two-week quarantine, state Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said.

He had initially been deemed a casual contact of a positive Northern Beaches case, but tested negative at the end of his self-isolation, she said.

“Investigations as to the source of this gentleman’s infection are urgently under way,” Dr Chant said.

Crowd of people in NSW
NSW has recorded six new covid cases in returning travellers and one case possibly connected to the Avalon cluster. Source: AAP

“The critical issue for us at the moment is determining how this person acquired their infection but it does highlight that level of community transmission in that northern zone.

“This is the risk we want to make sure we tackle very promptly and so again,” she said, urging Northern Beaches residents to continue getting tested.

The area remains under lockdown due to a 149-person Covid-19 cluster.

Health authorities on Wednesday issued casual-contact alerts for the Nostalgia Factor Shop in Kangaroo Valley and Taj Indian Restaurant in Huskisson on December 27.

Participants in a cricket match at Ollie Webb Cricket Ground in Parramatta on December 28, meanwhile, have been told to get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result – an augmentation of prior orders.

An alert on Wednesday was also issued saying Murugan Temple in Mays Hill was visited by a Covid-positive case on New Year's Day.

Those who go to the SCG for the Test cricket need to wear a mask at all times except when eating and drinking, Health Minister Brad Hazzard said on Thursday as the third test against India began.

GP charges patient for Covid test

Mr Hazzard said on Thursday that he was “disappointed” to have seen footage of a GP charging a patient for a Covid test in a driveway covid testing station.

“Seeing footage of a GP charging what he referred to as a consult fee for a driveway Covid testing station that had been set up in consultation with a private lab was very disturbing,” he said.

“We’ve made it very clear that we want people to go for testing in great numbers. Testing for Covid is free in the state and in this country.”

with AAP

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