Fresh COVID-19 transmission fears have been raised in Sydney after a health alert was issued for a medical clinic in the city’s west where two infected doctors worked.
The two doctors worked at the A2Z Medical Clinic in Lakemba and are linked to a previously reported infection in a patient who went to Lakemba Radiology, NSW Health said this afternoon.
All staff members at the clinic are now self-isolating and being tested, while anyone who went to the clinic on Haldon Street on October 1 between 2.30pm and 3.30pm, October 9 between 3pm and 4.30pm or October 10 at any time in the day have been urged to also go into isolation.
The patient linked to the two doctors also went to the Isra Medical practice on Haldon Street in Lakemba on October 5 between 7.15pm and 7.40pm and anyone else who went there during those times is being considered a casual contact.
“I stress, obviously as GPs in a practice, we expect there will be quite a number of people who may have been in close contact with them,” NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said today.
Separately, health alerts have also been issued for the Ingleburn Hotel for anyone who was there on October 4 between 3pm and 6pm.
Any patron who was in the venue’s Bar Room for more than an hour is being considered a close contact of a previously reported case, while anyone who was in the bistro or gaming room is being treated as a casual contact.
Health alerts have been issued for multiple Sydney train network services after a reported COVID-19 case travelled between Wiley Park and Lakemba. (Getty)
Casual contacts have also been warned about a possible virus transmission from the following public transport routes:
– October 1: Wiley Park Station to Lakemba Station between 12.02pm and 12.14pm
_ October 1: Lakemba Station to Wiley Park Station between 3.14pm and 3.27pm
– October 6: Wiley Park Station to Lakemba Station between 12.10pm and 12.30pm
– October 6: Lakemba Station to Wiley Park Station between 1.42pm and 1.58pm
It comes as NSW today reported six new cases of coronavirus, five of them in hotel quarantine.
The single case of community transmission is a household contact of a case that was reported yesterday.
There were 7391 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with 12,823 in the previous 24 hours.
“Testing numbers have dropped recently, which is a concern as it limits our ability to find people with COVID-19 early and contain further spread,” the statement said.
“NSW Health is appealing to the community to come forward for testing right away if you have even the mildest of symptoms like a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, fever or other symptoms that could be COVID-19.”
The Apollo Restaurant in Potts Point, which was the scene of one of Sydney’s biggest COVID-19 outbreaks earlier this year, has also been slapped with a $5000 fine for breaches of the Public Health Act.
The restaurant was forced to shut its doors in July after one infected worker snowballed into nearly 30 cases of transmitted COVID.-19.
The fines come after the restaurant was accused of using an outdated COVID Safety Plan and not being able to produce a valid liquor licence.
One of the owners has tonight accepted they had made a mistake.
“It was up to us to look at the website and update it, and we didn’t do that,” owner Sam Christie said.
“We’re accept and and moving on.”
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