Urgent Covid warning for new Sydney suburb and busy shopping centre

Brooke Rolfe
·News Reporter
·2-min read

An alert has been issued for residents of another Sydney suburb after people with coronavirus visited multiple locations there while potentially infectious.

Four locations in Casula, in southwest Sydney, were visited by people on Christmas Eve who later tested positive to Covid-19 .

People who visited several stores inside the Casula Mall on Ingham Drive on the evening of December 24 have been urged to get tested immediately and isolate until they get a negative result.

Shoppers wearing masks in Sydney.
An alert has been issued for people who visited the Casula Mall on Christmas Eve. Source: AAP

Priceline Pharmacy was visited by the positive case between 6.30pm and 7pm, Coles between 7pm and 7.30pm, and Radio Bombay Restaurant between 7.30 and 7.50pm.

Everyone inside the retailers at the specific time are considered close contacts, while those inside the mall between 6.30pm and 8pm on Christmas Eve are considered casual contacts.

They should monitor for any symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop any.

Elsewhere, another location in Sydney has been visited by an unwitting positive case – Cibo Cafe in North Sydney on December 16 between 11.30 and 12.45.

Anyone at the outlet during that time is considered a close contact and needs to get tested immediately.

Hotel staffer identified as one of the first Covid cases in new cluster

It follows news of a staff member at the Belrose Hotel being revealed as one of the first to contract the virus in the most recent Northern Beaches cluster.

Health authorities believe the male in his 20s had the virus up to three weeks ago without knowing.

Front of the Casula Mall in NSW.
People who visited the Casula Mall on the evening of Christmas Eve should either get tested or monitor for symptoms. Source: Google Maps/Casula Mall

While another person who visited the hotel has since tested positive, it was confirmed the worker did not transmit the virus to the second individual.

Tracers are still investigating where the young man contracted the virus and have asked for all people who visited the Belrose Hotel in the month of December to get tested, regardless of whether they have symptoms.

Seven new cases were reported for NSW on Sunday, with six of those all having links to the Avalon cluster and the seventh still being investigated.

Five of those people were already in isolation, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters on Sunday, explaining their positive result was obtained “very late on in the isolation process”.

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