Call for anybody at Sydney shopping centre last weekend to get COVID test
The highly transmissible Delta variant spreading from the Eastern Suburbs into other parts of Sydney has put the city on edge, as new positive cases comes to light having shared little more than a crossover with Patient Zero.
Casual contacts of Sydney's new COVID-19 cluster have been asked to cancel weekend plans as tracers race to stem the outbreak amid fears it's being passed from fleeting contact with infected people.
As the number of cases grew on Friday to three people, so too has the list of exposure sites increased.
The highly transmissible Delta variant has caused the exposure sites to spread from the Eastern Suburbs into other parts of Sydney, with new positive cases having shared little more than a fleeting crossover at the same store or cafe as Patient Zero, a limousine driver.
Caught on CCTV in the Myer at Westfield Bondi Junction was the fleeting crossover last Saturday between Patient Zero and a new case, a man in his 50s.
"At the moment they know that they've placed him on the same floor in the same section of Myer," Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said.
The "fleeting interaction" was enough to spread the virus.
The following day, Sunday, a woman in her 70s was infected at the Belle cafe in Vaucluse — she was sitting outside while Patient Zero was inside.
"The randomness of that is what makes it scary," NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
The list of exposure sites stretches from Bondi Junction and Vaucluse across to North Sydney, Campbelltown, Newtown, North Ryde, Redfern and Zetland.
Masks have become mandatory on public transport again for the next five days and the premier has asked anyone who fits the criteria of a casual contact to cancel their weekend plans to avoid the possibility of a further spread of the virus.
NSW Health on Friday night issued a new alert adding more venues to the list of exposure sites at Westfield Bondi Junction. (Full list in our graphic below.)
The infected limousine driver also visited David Jones on Level One on Saturday from 10.55am-11.15am before heading to Myer on Levels Two and Four from 11.15am-11.50am the same day.
As a result, anyone inside either of the department stores at Bondi Junction are now considered close contacts, who must contact NSW Health, get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible, and quarantine until 14 days have passed since they were at the venue, regardless of the result.
You will be considered a casual contact if you visited the Bondi Junction Westfield food court between 1.15pm-1.45pm on Sunday, June 13.
Anyone at all who was at the shopping centre on Saturday, June 12 between 11am-12pm and Sunday, June 13 between 1pm-2pm and 4pm-4.30pm, are being asked to get tested even if they were only in the carpark and have no symptoms.
Anyone who visited the Tea Gardens Hotel Bondi Junction's gaming room on Sunday between 5pm-5.15pm is considered a close contact and must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.
Anyone who visited the shopping centre at any time between June 11 and 18 has been told to monitor closely for symptoms and get tested if they become unwell.
The nursery Eden Gardens in Macquarie Park was also listed as a casual contact, with people who visited between 12.30pm-1pm on Sunday asked to get tested and self isolate until a negative test is received.
Scroll down for a full list of venues.