New South Wales records 21 new coronavirus cases – as two popular Sydney pubs are shut and the Potts Point cluster grows
- NSW has recorded another 21 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to Friday
- Two cases from hotel quarantine while 16 cases are linked to existing clusters
- Two cases under investigation and one case linked to a case under investigation
- Additional testing centres have been popping up across Sydney in recent days
- Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the growing cases at restaurants was a concern
Another 21 coronavirus cases were announced in New South Wales on Friday, with 102 active cases are being treated in the state.
The new cases were identified across Sydney’s south in the 24 hours between 8pm on July 29 and 8pm on July 30, with just two being linked to travelers in hotel quarantine.
Of the 21 new cases, two have been linked to a series of funeral gatherings in the Bankstown area which were attended by a woman in her 40s with a confirmed case.
Three of the cases are associated with the Our Lady of Lebanon cluster at Harris Park and a further two with the Thai Rock restaurant at Wetherill Park.
Six of the newly discovered cases are associated with The Apollo restaurant in Potts Point and two positive tests with the Mounties Club.
Six new cases were identified at The Apollo restaurant in Potts Point, Sydney (pictured) in the 24 hours to 8pm Thursday
A coronavirus infected couple dined at the Thai Rock restaurant in Potts Point before attending The Apollo and the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Rushcutter’s Bay
The couple had also spent time at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Rushcutter’s Bay which was alerted to the new cases on Tuesday
Travellers in hotel quarantine are responsible for two of the new cases, while one case was acquired in Victoria.
Two are under investigation with the source of the contagion a mystery and one case is linked to a known case that is also under investigation.
Meanwhile, two Sydney pubs have been shut for cleaning on Friday as an inner-city coronavirus cluster spreads over the Harbour Bridge, hitting a gym and Woolworths store.
Harpoon and Hotel Harry in Surry Hills closed their doors immediately on Thursday after NSW Health advised a positive coronavirus case visited the venue on Sunday July 26.
The infected pubgoer, who attended the Apollo Restaurant in Potts Point a day earlier, was at Hotel Harry for nine hours from 2.15pm to 11pm.
Darlo Bar, in nearby Darlinghurst, on Thursday said a guest who visited the venue between 12pm and 2pm on Sunday July 26 has also tested positive for COVID-19.
NSW Health said the Darlo Bar case is ‘relatively low-risk’ but the venue decided to shut for a deep clean.
A gym and supermarket in Sydney’s lower north shore have also been placed on alert after a positive COVID-19 case visited the businesses.
The resident, who attended the Apollo Restaurant in Potts Point, visited the Woolworths at Crows Nest and Fitness First at St Leonards, which has threatened to spread the virus to the city’s north.
NSW Health advised the person was at the gym on Monday July 27 between 9am and 10.30am and visited the supermarket between 10.30am and 11.00am.
Harpoon and Hotel Harry in Surry Hills closed their doors immediately on Thursday after NSW Health advised a positive coronavirus case visited the venue on Sunday July 26
Darlo Bar, in nearby Darlinghurst, on Thursday said a guest who visited the venue between 12pm and 2pm on Sunday July 26 has also tested positive for COVID-19
People are seen lining up at a pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic in Rushcutters Bay on Wednesday. Two new testing clinics have opened in the city suburbs of Surry Hills and Rushcutters Bay
A cleaner is pictured hard at work at the Cruising Yacht Club Rushcutter’s Bay after two members test positive for COVID-19
Based on new information, NSW Health has revised the times that cases while infectious attended the Mounties Club at 101 Meadows Road Mt Pritchard.
The warning is for the hours of Wednesday 22 July from 7pm to midnight, Thursday 23 July from 12.01am to 3am and 8.30pm to midnight, Friday 24 July from Midnight to 3am, 11am to 3:30pm and 7pm to midnight, and Saturday 25 July from Midnight to 3am.
People who attended the venue must isolate and get tested regardless of symptoms and stay isolated for a full 14 days even if they test negative. If symptoms develop they should get tested again.
Anyone who was at The Mounties on any of these days should also watch for symptoms and immediately isolate and get tested should even mild symptoms occur.
Other venues where cases have visited include Matinee Coffee at Marrackville where a confirmed case visited on Sunday July 26 between 8am and 9am and then the following Monday between 7am and 7.45am.
And the Tan Viet restuarant in Canbramatta where a case visited between midday and 2pm on July 23.
Ruschcutters Bay (pictured) is one of the locations for popup testing clinics which have been rolled out in Sydney
The Thai Rock restaurant in Potts Point which has had several cases linked to the venue
There are now 94 cases associated with Thai Rock Wetherill Park and 57 cases associated with the Crossroads Hotel cluster.
There are eight cases associated with Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, and 23 associated with the funeral events and three associated with Mounties in Mount Pritchard.
There are also 19 cases associated with the Potts Point cluster.
There are 102 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health. Eight people are in intensive care, with four being ventilated. Eighty nine per cent of cases are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.
NSW Health has also revealed on Friday that the Everlearn Childcare Centre in Prestons will be reopening, after a suspected case subsequently tested as negative.
The Centre will resume normal operations on Monday.
Health care workers (pictured) are seen sanitizing a station at a pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic in Rushcutters Bay on July 29, 2020 in Sydney
There are now 94 cases associated with Thai Rock Wetherill Park (pictured) with a further two cases identified in the 24 hours to Friday