Sydney’s CBD coronavirus cluster suffers HUGE spike

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Sydney’s CBD coronavirus cluster suffers HUGE spike as another four mystery community transmission cases are discovered

  • New South Wales records 13 new COVID-19 cases – six linked to Sydney cluster
  • Of the new cases  announced Friday, one is a traveller who is in hotel quarantine
  • Four cases were locally acquired with their source still under investigation 

Sydney’s coronavirus cluster has grown by another six people, as New South Wales records 13 new COVID-19 cases.

Of the new cases announced on Friday, one is a returned traveller who is in hotel quarantine. 

Four were locally acquired with their source still under investigation.

Two are close contacts of previously reported cases who have not been linked to known clusters. 

The Sydney CBD cluster linked to the gym at City Tattersalls club is now sitting at 14.

NSW Health has urged for anyone who attended the City Tattersalls gym between 8am and 2pm on August 19, 21, 23 or 24 to get tested and isolate at home for 14 days.

The club has again been closed for cleaning. 

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said it is still unknown how the virus got into the City Tattersalls club.

Sydney’s coronavirus cluster has grown by another six people, as New South Wales records 13 new COVID-19 cases (Pictured: Commuters in masks walk at Central Station)

The Sydney CBD cluster linked to the gym at City Tattersalls club is now sitting at 14 (Pictured: Cleaners at the club)

The Sydney CBD cluster linked to the gym at City Tattersalls club is now sitting at 14 (Pictured: Cleaners at the club)

Dr Chant said she was hopeful the outbreak can be contained but everyone must come forward for testing. 

She said gyms were a high risk environments for spreading disease due to heavy breathing.

‘We are working with the gym to understand how transmission occurred’ and will update guidance if needed’, Dr Chant said.

As the number of unknown cases continues to climb, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has warned residents to remain on high alert.

‘Every week we are detecting unknown sources, even though it’s in relatively low numbers, but every week those numbers accumulate,’ she said on Friday.

‘As the weather warms up and as spring is upon us we just want to make sure that everybody thinks about their movement outdoors and is COVID-safe. We appreciate that a lot of the places people normally flock to will be very busy on the weekend.’

A Sydney high school and a Catholic primary school have also been closed for cleaning after a staff member and a student were diagnosed with coronavirus. 

Sydney's coronavirus cluster has grown by another six people, as New South Wales records 13 new COVID-19 cases

Sydney’s coronavirus cluster has grown by another six people, as New South Wales records 13 new COVID-19 cases

Ryde Secondary College in Sydney's north-west will be closed after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19

Ryde Secondary College in Sydney’s north-west will be closed after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19

St Gertrude's Primary School in Smithfield in Sydney's west has also closed its doors on Friday due to a confirmed COVID-19 infection

St Gertrude’s Primary School in Smithfield in Sydney’s west has also closed its doors on Friday due to a confirmed COVID-19 infection

The NSW Education Department confirmed Ryde Secondary College, in the city’s northwest, closed after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

Staff and around 1000 students at the co-educational school have been asked to stay home while the contact tracing process begins and the school is deep cleaned.

‘All staff and students are asked to self-isolate while contact tracing occurs,’ the department said on Friday.

St Gertrude’s in Sydney’s west is also closed on Friday after a student was diagnosed.

Pedestrians wearing face masks walk around the eastern side of Circular Quay on August 23

Pedestrians wearing face masks walk around the eastern side of Circular Quay on August 23

A medical worker administers a test for COVID-19 in Sydney on August 12. Six patients are being treated in intensive care across New South Wales

A medical worker administers a test for COVID-19 in Sydney on August 12. Six patients are being treated in intensive care across New South Wales

A spokeswoman said the school had around 650 students from Kindergarten to Year 6, and 50 staff who have been advised to isolate at home and monitor for symptoms.

Riverstone High School, Wyndham College and Schofields Public School will reopen on Friday.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 has closed a swathe of venues in Sydney’s north from Manly to the Central Coast.

NSW Health’s Jeremy McAnulty issued alerts for several locations across Sydney, including; The Matterhorn in Turramurra, Parish of Holy Name in Wahroonga, Liquorland in Marrickville, Eat Fuh in Marrickville and Metro Petroleum in Hurlstone Park. 

There are six COVID-19 patients in NSW in intensive care, with four ventilated. 

SYDNEY VENUES ON ALERT:

· The Matterhorn, Turramurra – Saturday 22 August 6pm-8pm (NSW Health has identified and contacted close contacts)

· Parish of Holy Name, Wahroonga – Sunday 23 August 9.30am-10.15am

· Liquorland, Marrickville – Sunday 23 August 5.15pm-5.30pm

· Eat Fuh, Marrickville – Sunday 23 August 5.20pm-5.40pm

· Metro Petroleum – Hurlstone Park – Monday 24 August 10.20am-10.30am

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