New South Wales has recorded one new community infection of Covid after a man in Sydney’s eastern suburbs with no known links to an active case tested positive to the virus.
The man, who is aged in his 50s, has not returned from overseas recently and does not work in border control, hotel quarantine or health care.
He went for a Covid swab on Tuesday and he returned a positive result on Wednesday.
NSW Health said genome sequencing is underway and authorities are urgently contacting the man’s close contacts, who are being advised to get tested and isolate.
A number of Sydney venues are now on alert after the Covid-positive case visited the cinemas over the weekend and several barbecue shops.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the surprise community case on Wednesday afternoon.
She said the man was ‘very active in the inner east’ and he frequented a number of venues while he may have been infectious.
Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said the Covid-infected man ‘did everything right’ in coming forward for testing.
‘But it goes to show that we can’t take a single thing for granted,’ she said.
‘It goes to show we have to maintain our social distancing … [and] hand hygiene; we need to get tested with the mildest of symptoms.’
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