Sydney cluster grows by two cases with new infections linked to Westfield

Sydney's new coronavirus cluster has grown by a single case, as new alerts were issued for train stations.

Sydney cluster grows by two cases with new infections linked to Westfield

Sydney's new coronavirus cluster has grown by a two cases, as new alerts were issued for Sydney trains, an Ikea and a cafe as far south as Wollongong.

It brings the cluster to six, with much of the focus of calls to get tested continuing to focus on thousands of people who went to Westfield Bondi Junction last weekend.

There were officially two new cases recorded, but one, a woman in her 70s who crossed paths with the 'patient zero' driver in Belle cafe in nearby Vaucluse was announced yesterday, and another will be in tomorrow's figures.

A woman in her 40s who lives near Westfield Bondi Junction and often walks though is one of the new cases. It's not know when she might have caught the virus but officials say it could have been last weekend.

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A man in his 30s who lives in the CBD but also often visits the mall has also tested positive.

That case has sparked a alert for the Broken Drum cafe in Fairy Meadow, Illawarra, for yesterday ( Friday) between 10:20am and 10:40pm.

Cafe-goers should get tested if they were also there.

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NSW Health Minister, Brad Hazzard renewed calls for people to get tested if they went to the shopping centre last weekend at any time, after CCTV appeared to show transmission between the original case in a driver in his 50s, and a man who passed by him in Myer.

"It is fair to say that this Delta virus would appear to be a near and present danger to anybody who is in the vicinity," Mr Hazzard said.

"My very strong message to the community is if you have been in or around the Westfield shopping centre, you have to understand that it is not just Myer, David Jones, it is the concern we have is that even if you happen to be passing the person who was infectious, for example, on an escalator, walking along a passageway, going through the airspace with a person has breathed out, we could see you becoming positive."

Mr Hazzard said they are continuing to probe CCTV footage of the man in his 50s who is thought to have caught the virus from the driver in the shop.

He said he "was no more than seconds in the near vicinity of the limousine driver in the original case.

"Looking at it, it would appear he was somewhere in the range of between 10 and possibly 50-60 centimetres away in a passing situation," he said.

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A specific alert has been issued for the mall on Saturday, June 12 between 11am-12pm and Sunday, June 13 between 1pm-2pm and 4pm-4.30pm, with people told to go have a coronavirus test and stay at home until they test negative.

Bondi Beach's testing centre was packed with cars this morning.

However reports of a suspected case on Sydney's Northern Beaches are not correct, Mr Hazzard, said.

Mr Hazzard renewed calls for people to get vaccinated if eligible.

All over 50s in the state can go now, while over 40s can register for an appointment.

Nobody is in intensive care with the virus, and there are 39 active cases with most not in hospital, NSW Health said.

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The list of exposure sites stretches from Bondi Junction and Vaucluse across to North Sydney, Campbelltown, Newtown, North Ryde, Redfern, Zetland and south into the Illawarra.

Masks have become mandatory on public transport again for the next five days.

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.

A steady trickle of cars enters the COVID-19 testing station in Bondi ahead of the weekend.

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.

Scroll down for a full list of venues.

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German police are appealing for information about the possible owners of two 17th-century paintings discovered in a highway rest stop dumpster.

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German police are appealing for information about the possible owners of two 17th-century paintings discovered in a highway rest stop dumpster.

Police said a 64-year-old man found the oil paintings at the rest stop near Ohrenbach in central Germany last month.

He later handed them in to police in the western city of Cologne.

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The other is a portrait of a boy by the 17th-century Dutch artist Samuel van Hoogstraten, date unknown.

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