Sunday, December 5, 2021

Outbreak grows with two new cases

NSW faces a “near and presents danger” from the contagious Delta variant after the state recorded two new locally acquired coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.

One of the cases was announced on Friday morning and is included in Saturday’s numbers.

However, the latest figures mean the eastern suburbs cluster has grown to six cases.

Someone caught the virus while shopping at Myer Bondi Junction at the same time as a limousine driver, believed to be at the center of the latest outbreak.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said that man was between 10cm and 60cm away from the driver when authorities believed he caught the virus.

“This Delta virus would appear to be a near and present danger,” he said on Saturday.

Mr. Hazzard said CCTV showed the two men were near each other for “no more than seconds”.

The second case flagged is a woman in her 40s from the eastern suburbs who regularly walked through the Westfield shopping center at Bondi Junction.

On June 12 and 13, anyone at the center is being urged to get tested, even if they don’t have symptoms.

The NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant previously said the driver passed on the Delta strain of the virus.

Masks are compulsory on public transport for Greater Sydney and the Blue Mountains, but not in Wollongong and Central Coast. The new rule will be in place until next week.

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