Woolworths, Coles and Aldi among 19 new Covid exposure sites

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Several new Covid exposure sites have been identified across Sydney after a startling number of close contacts were identified on Friday.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant announced close contacts doubled from Thursday to Friday, going from 7000 people to some 14,000.

Worryingly on Saturday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced 50 new local infections following Friday's 44. "Most concerningly" 26 of those cases were infectious while out in the community.

A Woolworths storefront is pictured left. A sign declaring stay-at-home orders are in place for Greater Sydney is on the right.
Several new exposure sites have been identified by NSW Health, including supermarkets and cafes. Source: AAP

On Friday night, NSW Health added several shopping centres, cafes and a bus route of concern to the list of exposure sites in Sydney.

Anyone who is considered a "close contact" must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.

New close contact venues in NSW are:

  • Lab Bakery Cafe, Strathfield, Thursday, July 1 from 11.30am to 12.45pm

  • Direct Trade, Merrylands, Saturday, July 3 from 2.20pm to 2.50pm

  • Beacon Lighting - Home Central 9, Bankstown, Thursday, July 8 from 8am to 9.30am

  • 309 Bus, Redfern to Beaconsfield from Redfern Station Regent Street Stand C to Botany Road at Epsom Road, Sunday, July 4 from 6.46pm to 6.51pm

Casual contacts must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

New casual contact venues in NSW include:

  • Barzura Coogee, Coogee, Saturday, July 3 from 9.30am to 9.35am

  • UTS Haberfield Rowers Club, Haberfield, Sunday, July 4 from 12.15pm to 12.45pm

  • Aldi, Quakers Hill, Sunday, July 4 from 1.15pm to 1.35pm

  • Big W Liverpool Westfield, Liverpool, Monday, July 5 from 1.10pm to 1.20pm

  • Michel's Patisserie, Liverpool Westfield, Liverpool, Monday, July 5 from 1.20pm to 1.30pm

  • Aldi, Hoxton Park, Monday, July 5 from 3.30pm to 4pm

  • Ek'sentric Café Maroubra, Maroubra, Monday, July 5 from 9.30am to 9.40am

  • Georges Hall Pharmacy, Georges Hall, Monday, July 5 from 2pm to 2.30pm

  • My Local Café Maroubra, Maroubra, Tuesday, July 6 from 8.40am to 8.50am, Wednesday, July 7 from 8.45am to 8.55am and 12.30pm to 12.40pm

  • Coles Maroubra Junction, Maroubra, Tuesday, July 6 from 9.50am to 10.20am

  • KFC, Rockdale, Tuesday, July 6 from 10am to 4pm and Wednesday, July 7 from 10.30am to 4pm

  • Morning Glory Café Coogee Pavilion, Coogee, Wednesday, 7 July from 11.15am to 1.45pm

  • Woolworths, Mascot, Wednesday, July 7 from 2.30pm to 3pm

  • Aldi, Ashfield, Wednesday, July 7 from 1.15pm to 2pm

  • Woolworths Ashfield, Wednesday, July 7 from 1.45pm to 2.15pm

Two people wearing face masks on a Sydney street as Covid-19 continues to run rampant in the city.
NSW recorded 50 new local Covid cases on Saturday. Source: AAP

Anyone who has visited Ashfield Mall on Wednesday, July 7 between 1.15pm to 2.15pm is being asked to monitor for symptoms and get tested if they appear and isolate until a negative result is received.

Anyone in NSW should get tested immediately and isolate until a negative result is received if they have even the mildest of cold-like symptoms.

A full list of exposure sites can be found on the NSW Health website here.

Sydney remains in lockdown with stricter rules

Sydney was meant to emerge from the lockdown on Saturday, instead tougher restrictions are now in place and there's a chance the lockdown will be extended beyond next week.

Exercising is now limited to just two people from different households and residents cannot exercise further than 10km from their home.

Only one person from a household is allowed to leave their home to go shopping for essentials each day and browsing in stores is banned. 

Funerals are capped at 10 people starting Sunday and carpooling with different households is not allowed.

The premier said a premature reopening of Greater Sydney would result in thousands of coronavirus cases, hospitalisations and deaths.

"Unless there's a dramatic turnaround in the numbers, I can't see how we'll be in a position to ease restrictions by next Friday," the premier said.

"(This is) the greatest threat we have faced in NSW since the pandemic started… (and) at the moment the numbers are not heading in the right direction."

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