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Covid-19 Australia: Case detected in Bondi as authorities scramble to find origin of the infection 

A mystery Covid-19 case has been found in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, as authorities scramble to track down hundreds of shoppers he may have exposed the virus to at a popular Westfield shopping centre. 

New South Wales Health authorities said a man in his 60s from Bondi tested positive to the virus on Wednesday. 

He worked as an airport driver and his role included transporting international flight crew, health officials said.

There are reports the man was not vaccinated, despite vaccines being offered to those working in the quarantine sector since March.

Contact tracers are racing to find Sydneysiders who visited 12 exposure sites including a David Jones store, a cinema, several cafes and restaurants and a bakery in the city’s east and north-west between June 11 and June 15.

The list of potential exposure sites included a number of stores at Westfield Bondi Junction, which the infected man visited on multiple occasions.

A nurse conducts a Covid-19 test at the Bondi Beach testing clinic in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. New South Wales Health said a man in his 60s from Bondi tested positive to the virus on Wednesday

Customers wearing face masks at Westfield Bondi Junction on January 3. Contact tracers are racing to find hundreds of people who may have been exposed to the virus

Customers wearing face masks at Westfield Bondi Junction on January 3. Contact tracers are racing to find hundreds of people who may have been exposed to the virus

The man also attended a movie screening of The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction on Sunday afternoon.

Anyone who attended the 1.45pm screening in cinema 1 at the venue on June 13 is ordered to get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result:

Other movie goers who were at the cinema on Sunday between 1.30pm-4pm are ordered to get tested and self isolate until further notice from authorities.

The infected man returned a positive result on Wednesday afternoon and will be included in Thursday’s numbers.

The man is the first locally-acquired case in NSW in a month. 

‘Urgent investigations into the source of the infection and contact tracing are underway, as is genome sequencing,’ a NSW Health Statement read. 

Contact tracers are in the process of identifying and calling close contacts and ordering them to get tested and isolate.

Three positive Covid cases were earlier found in hotel quarantine at the Radisson Blu (pictured) in Sydney's CBD

Three positive Covid cases were earlier found in hotel quarantine at the Radisson Blu (pictured) in Sydney’s CBD

The list of potential exposure sites could grow as investigations continue.

The airport worker first attended the Belle Cafe in Vaucluse on June 11 between 9.15am-9.50am and returned on June 12, June 13 and June 14 at various times.

He also attended Sourdough Bakery at Westfield Bondi Junction between 12.40pm-1.10pm on June 11.

He returned to the shopping centre the following day where he shopped in David Jones between 11am-11.40am and Myer between 11.40am-12.15pm.

The man was also at the shopping centre on June 13 for 1.45pm screening of The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard at Event Cinemas .

He dined at two Vaucluse restaurants including Washoku on June 12 between 12pm-1.30pm and Rocco’s on June 14 between 10.55am-11.30am.

The most recent venue he visited was the Celeste Catering Macquarie Park Cemetery Cafe in North Ryde on June 15 between 1pm-1.20pm. 

The man visited a number of venues at Westfield Bondi Junction (pictured) while infected

The man visited a number of venues at Westfield Bondi Junction (pictured) while infected

Fears are meanwhile growing of a potential Sydney hotel quarantine outbreak after a traveller was infected with the identical Covid strain to a couple based in an adjacent room.

NSW Health is frantically investigating the development, with the viral sequence of all three cases confirmed as the same UK variant, known as the Alpha variant.

How the transmission occurred on the fourth floor of the Radisson Blu quarantine hotel in the city’s CBD remains unknown.

The couple, who were asymptomatic, returned a positive Covid-19 test following a test on June 3.

SYDNEY VENUES EXPOSED TO COVID-19

Anyone who attended the following venue at the time listed must get tested and self-isolate for 14 days from the date they were at the venue, regardless of the result.

Bondi Junction, Events Cinema, Sunday, June 13 – 1.30pm-4.00pm

Anyone who attended  the following venues at the listed times must call NSW Health on 1800 943 553, get tested and self-isolate until you receive further advice.

Vaucluse, Belle Cafe, Friday, June 11 – 9.15am-9.50am, 

Saturday, June 12 – 11.20pm-1.50pm, 

Sunday, June 13 – 11.30am-12.00pm,

Tuesday, June 15 – 9.50am-10.25am

Bondi Junction, Sourdough Cafe, Friday, June 11 – 12.40pm-1.10pm

Vaucluse, Belle Cafe, Saturday, June 12 – 10.20am-10.45am

Bondi Junction, David Jones, Saturday, June 12 – 11.00am-11.40am

Bondi Junction, Myer, Saturday, June 12 – 11.10-12.15pm

Events Cinema Bondi Junction: (all screenings other than the Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard), Sunday June 13, 1.30pm-4pm.

Vaucluse, Washoku Vaucluse, Saturday, June 12 – 12.00pm-1.30pm

Vaucluse, Rocco’s, Monday, June 14 – 10.55am-11.30am

North Ryde, Celeste Catering Macquarie Park Cemetery Cafe, Tuesday, June 15 – 1.00pm-1.20pm

The other returned traveller from Doha returned a negative day two test on June 3, before developing symptoms and testing positive two days later on June 5.

In a statement on Tuesday night, NSW Health confirmed the three positive cases. 

‘Early possibilities as to where transmission may have occurred from the couple to the secondary case include on the flight, on transport from the airport to the hotel, in the lobby of the hotel, or while in quarantine,’ the statement read.

‘Currently, there is no evidence of further transmission.’

All three positive cases arrived into Sydney on the same flight from Doha in Qatar on June 1.  

NSW Health has also confirmed the three positive cases in hotel quarantine (pictured, healthcare workers transport a person into a patient transport vehicle)

NSW Health has also confirmed the three positive cases in hotel quarantine (pictured, healthcare workers transport a person into a patient transport vehicle)

The trio were quickly transferred to the Special Health Accommodation where they will remain following their positive results.

As a precautionary measure, all returned travellers who stayed on the fourth floor at the hotel between June 1 and 5 must get tested and self-isolate before receiving further advice. 

Additionally, staff who worked on the fourth floor of the Radisson Blu between June 1 and June 5 have also been asked to get tested and isolate. 

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