A Japanese restaurant in Sydney’s south-west is a major Covid-19 exposure site after an employee worked there for 10 days while infected.
Health authorities announced on Sunday evening that anyone who has been to Katsuya Japanese Restaurant in Campsie between 6am and 10pm, from July 19 to 28, should get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.
The same advice applies to customers who went to Chemist Warehouse in Burwood on Wednesday, and people who visited All Group Supermarket in Campsie between Sunday and Tuesday.
Myhealth Medical Centre in Rhodes has also been added to the list, with patrons who went to the clinic on Tuesday or Friday ordered to get tested and isolate immediately.
New South Wales recorded 239 new cases on Sunday with 50 people fighting for life on ventilators.
New South Wales recorded 239 new cases on Sunday with 50 people fighting for life on ventilators. Oictured: People in Coogee on Sunday
Pictured: Katsuya Japanese Restaurant in Campsie, south-west Sydney, where an employee worked while infected with Covid-19 for ten days
Chemist Warehouse in Burwood has also been listed as an exposure site after a Covid-positive person went there on Wednesday
Latest Covid exposure sites in NSW
Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a close contact and must get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.
Belfield, Mancini’s Original Woodfired Pizza, 21 Burwood Road. Sunday 18 July to Saturday 24 July. ALL DAY.
Burwood, Chemist Warehouse, 69 Burwood Road. Wednesday 28 July 5.25pm to 5.30pm.
Penrith, Officeworks, 273 High Street. Monday 26 July 12pm to 5pm.
Campsie, World of Fruit, 224 Beamish Street. Sunday 25 July 10.40am to 11am.
Campsie, Katsyua Japanese Restaurant, Clemton Park Shopping Village – Shop 14/5 Mackinder Street. Monday 19 July to Wednesday 28 July, 6am to 10pm.
Campsie, All Group Supermarket. 238 Bearmish Street. Sunday 25 July to Tuesday 27 July 8.30am to 3.30pm.
Rhodes, Muhealth Medical Centre. Level 8, Rhodes Waterside Shopping Centre. Rider Boulevard. Tuesday 27 July 9am to 11am, Friday 30 July 10am to 11.30am.
Anyone who travelled on the following public transport routes is a close contact and must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.
Bondi Junction Clovelly, 400 Bus, from Bondi Junction Station Stand F to Frenchmans Road at Clovelly Road, Randwick. Monday 19 July 1.31pm to 1.40pm
Campsie to Earlwood, 473 Bus, from Dan’s Corner, Beamish Street, Campsie to Earlwood Shops. Monday 26 July 2.42pm to 2.51pm
Summer Hill to Camperdown, 461X Bus, from Parramatta Road after Sloane Street, Summer Hill to Parramatta Road bf Lyons, Camperdown. Tuesday 27 July 8.09am to 8.17am
Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a casual contact who must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.
Bankstown, Quantum Radiology 258 South Terrace. Monday 28 July, 12.30pm to 12.50pm.
Bondi Junction, Bondi Junction Post Shop Eastgate Shopping Centre, Shop 28 71-73 Spring Street. Friday 16 July, 9.10am to 9.20am.
Brookvale, Woolworths. Warringah Mall 145 Old Pittwater Road. Sunday 25 July 5.05pm to 5.35pm.
Fairfield, Everyday in Fairfield, 109 Sackville Street. Thursday 15 July 4pm to 4.10pm.
Smithfield, GRAM Engineering. 16-22 Cullen Place. Friday 23 July, Monday 26 July and Tueday 27 July – 7.15am to 4.30pm.
Pennant Hills, Astley Mobility Pharmacy 368 Pennant Hills Road. Thursday 29 July 1.30pm to 2pm, Saturday 31 July 11am to 11.30am.
Wattle Grove, Coles, Village Way. Friday 23 July 10.25am to 11am.
Bankstown, Suhhtan Pizza Bakery, 226 Chapel Road. Friday 23 July 12.20pm to 12.25pm
Strathfield, Rainbow Cakes, 2 Churchill Ave. Saturday 24 July 10am-11am.
Blacktown, Kmart, 28 Patrick Street. Saturday 24 July 5.40pm to 5.45pm.
Bankstown, Priceline Pharmacy, 1 North Terrace. Wednesday 28 July 12.45pm to 1.05pm.
Campsie, Cincotta Chemist, 157 – 159 Beamish Street. Friday 30 July 4.40pm to 5.15pm.
Bankstown, Woolworths Bankstown Centro Shopping Centre, Lady Cutler Avenue. Friday 30 July 8am to 9.10am.
Double Bay, Woolworths, Kiaora Road. Sunday 18 July 5.30pm to 5.45pm and Monday 19 July 4.30pm to 4.45pm.
Yagoona, Ya Ya Bakery, 522 Hume Highway. Monday 19 July 6.45am to 7am.
Liverpool, Mina Pizza, Shop 3, 46 Elizabeth Street. Tuesday 20 July 9am to 10am.
Granville, Woolworths, 6 Louis Street. Wednesday 21 July 6.20pm to 6.50pm.
Eastwood, La Vigne Bakery, 82 Rowe Street. Thursday 22 July 11.40am to 11.55am.
St Marys, Aldi, 410-422 Great Western Highway. Thursday 22 July 5.30pm to 5.45pm.
Macquarie Fields, Target, Glenquarie Town Centre Click and Collect, Victoria Road. Thursday 22 July 9am to 7pm, Friday 23 July 9am to 5pm, Sunday 25 July 9am to 5pm, Monday 26 July 9am to 5pm, Tuesday 27 July 9am to 5pm.
Wentworth Point, The Smelly Cheesecake, 5 Footbridge Boulevard. Saturday 24 July 9.25am to 9.35am.
Burwood, Evergreen Fresh World, Burwood Plaza, 42 Railway Parade. Saturday 24 July 2.45pm to 3.15pm.
St Marys, IGA, Great Western Highway and Mamre Road. Saturday 24 July 4pm to 4.15pm.
Lakemba, Woolworths, 2-26 Haldon Street. Saturday 24 July 10.30am to 10.40am.
Bankstown, Aussie Farm Fresh, Bankstown Central Shopping Centre, North Terrace. Wednesday 28 July 8.40am to 8.50am.
Anyone who travelled on the following train service is considered a casual contact who must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.
T4 Train Line, From Caringbah to Bondi Junction. Monday 19 July 12.12pm to 1.26pm.
People who were at GRAM Engineering in Smithfield between 7.15am and 4.30pm on July 23, 26 or 27 has been listed as a casual contact and told to get a test and isolate until a negative test is received.
The same advice applies to anyone who went to Quantum Radiology in Bankstown on Monday, Woolworths in Brookvale last Sunday, or Astley Mobility Pharmacy in Pennent Hills on Thursday or Saturday.
The 239 figure on Sunday is the second day in a row of more than 200.
Daily case numbers dipped after the record number was first reported on Thursday, but jumped back to 210 on Saturday including hundreds of mystery cases.
NSW deputy chief health officer Jeremy McAnulty said an alarming number of cases were detected among childcare workers.
He strongly urged parents to consider keeping their children at home to curb the spread of infection through daycares.
‘It is a reminder, please reserve childcare centres if you really need to have your child in child care,’ he said. ‘Otherwise, keep them at home to minimise the spread through childcare.’
Pictured: People gathering outside restaurants and cafes in Coogee on Sunday, as the state recorded 239 new cases
A number of cases in childcare prompting warnings for parents to reconsider keeping their children at home. Pictured: Women exercising together at Coogee Beach
Nine residents also tested positive at a nursing home in Summer Hill, in Sydney’s inner-west.
‘On a regular basis we are seeing cases in hospital settings or aged care settings and we have even had some disability settings as well,’ Mr McAnulty said.
‘So there is an outbreak in a Summer Hill aged care facility with I understand nine residents affected.
‘Fortunately, many of those have been vaccinated. As I understand it, the ones with vaccination are doing relatively well.’
There are 54 patients being treated in the intensive care unit with a large number under 60 including seven in their 20s, five in their 30s, two in their 40s and six in their 50s.
Dr McAnulty warned younger Sydneysiders aged between 18 and 30 were the biggest spreaders of the virus.
‘We are seeing cases at high rates in those age group,’ he said.
‘This is the age group that tends to be a link between kids, younger people, and older, elderly relatives.
‘They are working, they have big social networks, if you are in that age group it is important that you be aware that you are very vulnerable to the infection, as we have seen in ICU numbers you can get serious disease. It is important you come forward for vaccination.’
Pictured: People walking aling Bondi Beach on Sunday afternoon during Sydney-wide lockdown
Pictured: Residents queue up outside a pharmacy for a Covid-19 vaccination in western Sydney on July 30
Cases then dipped to 170 on Friday before jumping back to 210 on Saturday
Ms Berejiklian was pressed by a reporter over concerns that young people were being turned down requests to get the AstraZeneca vaccine by their GPs (pictured, police confronting a resident outside Hyde Park)
Only 80 of the new cases were in isolation, with 35 partially out in the community while infectious and at least 26 were out in the public and not isolating.
State premier Gladys Berejiklian renewed calls for Sydneysiders to get vaccinated amid the worrying case numbers.
‘Today is August 1 and I am calling upon the people of greater Sydney, and New South Wales, to come forward and get vaccinated,’ she said.
‘To get to the 70 per cent target we need 9.2 million jabs. To get the 80 per cent target we need 10 million jabs. We have been talking about this in NSW for some time.’
The 80 per cent target has been set by the federal government as the key to reopening the border and scrapping state lockdowns.
Ms Berejiklian was pressed by a reporter over concerns that young people were being turned down requests to get the AstraZeneca vaccine by their GPs.
‘On the 20 to 30 age bracket, we are hearing stories of people wanted to get AstraZeneca, going to the GP and the GP says no, wait for Pfizer,’ the reporter said.
‘What are you doing about that because that messaging is very different and the message is consistently changing over months?’
Ms Berejiklian responded: ‘The NSW Government always follows the advice of the federal health authorities.
‘Of course, we ask ability to follow that health advice by the health advice in New South Wales is that if you are over 18, it is safe to get either vaccine.’
Of the patients in ICU, seven are in their 20s, five are in their 30s, two in their 40s and six in their 50s
State premier Gladys Berejiklian renewed calls for Sydneysiders to get vaccinated amid the worrying case numbers (pictured, Sydney residents walking at Hyde Park)
There are currently 54 patients being treated in the intensive care unit with a large number under 60 years of age
Ms Berejiklian has denied reports nurses were forced back into hospitals before returning negative Covid-19 test results.
During the state’s Covid update on Sunday, a reporter highlighted a growing cluster of Covid-19 cases within the emergency department of a key hospital in Sydney.
They claimed nurses who were close contacts of the emerging cases were forced to go back to work before receiving a negative test result due to increasing numbers of ICU patients.
‘I haven’t seen evidence of that. If that was the case, I would dispute because we [have] many staff members on the beat of over 140,000 people working in the health system,’ Ms Berejiklian replied.
‘So it is really important to note that when you are in the middle of the pandemic and having cases every day, it stretches things.’
Ms Berejiklian said even though a vast majority of healthcare workers were vaccinated, they could still catch the virus and pass it to others.
The state premier also responded to criticism after it was revealed that Pfizer doses would be redirected from the community to Year 12 students.
Central Coast residents have had their bookings cancelled at a vaccination hub in Belmore so their doses can go to students.
That test rate in that LHD – 270 per 1,000 – lags behind South Western Sydney LHD on 450, Sydney LHD on 312 and Western Sydney LHD on 281 (Bondi pictured on Friday)
Concerns were raised over the number of residents coming forward for testing after footage revealed a nearly empty testing clinic at Bondi
A Syndeysider spends the day at Bondi beach as the city remains in lockdown amid growing Covid-19 cases
‘It is only around 19,000 students,’ Ms Berejiklian said. ‘It is important for us to give those year 12 students a chance to finish their exams and get rewarded.’
‘It’s what they deserve and know that we are finding younger people are getting the virus and spreading it.’
Ms Berejiklian conceded it would be weeks before residents get their hands on the Pfizer jab after their bookings were cancelled.
She said the state had to prioritise Year 12 students as they prepared to take their Higher School Certificate and growing reports that some were too anxious to return to the classroom.
‘Year 12 attaining those credentials is so important,’ she said. ‘We want to reduce their stress.’
‘It is stressful and upsetting the HSC, let alone in a pandemic. It is stressful for parents and families and we want to make sure we provide those best opportunities in every way we can.
‘We are doing a lot of work on not only how we can have some level of face to face for your 12 but also in a safe way.’
Students may have been pushed ahead of the line to receive Pfizer, but teachers will still have to get the AstraZeneca.
‘Obviously, if you are a teacher or critical worker or any citizen, it doesn’t matter what you are doing, you should be coming forward to get the vaccine,’ she said.
‘For all adults the AstraZeneca is now recommended.’
Ms Berejiklian argued it was important to help Year 12 students ahead of their Higher School Certificate and amid reports that many were ‘too scared’ to return to the classroom
Central Coast residents have had their bookings cancelled at a vaccination hub in Belmore so their doses can go to students
Fragments of the virus were detected in Molong which is 290km west of Sydney, and Armidale, located more than 480km from the outbreak.
Traces were also discovered on the northern end of the Central Coast and Wollongong
‘People in those areas please come forward for testing with the mildest of symptoms,’ Dr McAnulty said.
NSW Health on Wednesday night issued an alert for the sewage treatment plant in Molong, which services around 1700 people in the state’s central west.
The Western Local Health District said a sample was tested at Molong near Orange last Monday and came back positive on Wednesday.
Worrying traces of coronavirus have been found in sewage catchments in regional New South Wales despite the country towns reporting no cases of Covid-19 (pictured, Bondi Beach)
Police officer checks the ID of a Sydneysider at Bondi Beach on Sunday after NSW recorded 239 new cases
Two beachgoers show their IDs to a passing police officer at Bondi beach on Sunday
Health authorities have also raised concerns about the lack of people coming forward for testing.
On Saturday, photos emerged of a Bondi Covid test centre sitting empty while a Fairfield clinic was packed with residents.
A local resident who went to get tested at 3.30pm told Daily Mail Australia the empty clinic was concerning.
‘If no-one is getting tested in the eastern suburbs, that could mean lots of cases are going undetected,’ he said.
AUSTRALIA’S LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:
* A three-day lockdown has been imposed in Queensland’s southeast, including the harshest restrictions the state has yet seen, after six local cases were recorded.
* It includes 10km travel restrictions for people in Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset and the Lockyer Valley.
* NSW has seen another death from COVID-19, after a man in his 60s died at home in southwest Sydney, as the state recorded 210 local cases with at least 32 in the community while infectious.
* The ADF has deployed another 300 personnel to help police with isolation and welfare checks, in addition to 250 already working in quarantine enforcement.
* Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the Astra Zeneca vaccine is ‘making a comeback’ and is vital for the country to reach agreed upon jab rates of at least 70 per cent.
* Delegates at the Australian Medical Association’s national conference have renewed calls for a no-fault vaccination indemnity scheme, which has not been finalised by the federal government.
* Finance Minister Simon Birmingham said he was confident the states would not decide to go it alone with future lockdowns once agreed vaccination rates had been achieved.
* Mining magnate and former federal politician Clive Palmer has announced he will launch a High Court challenge to Scott Morrison’s vaccine passport proposal.
* Australia’s Acting Chief Medical Officer Professor Michael Kidd said concern was high within the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, which met on Saturday, around the continuing outbreak in Sydney and latest lockdown forced by new cases in Queensland.
* Professor Kidd said Australia had reached a significant milestone in its COVID response, with 40 per cent of Australians aged 16 and above having received a first dose of vaccine.
* Across Australia, more than 200,000 vaccine doses have been administered over each of the past three days, while over the past five days, the total is 990,000 doses, with 12.2 million doses administered in total.
* Construction work has been allowed to resume in Sydney but 68,000 workers from the areas worst hit by the virus cannot go to their building sites.
* The Sydney CBD was declared an exclusion zone with taxi and ride share services banned as authorities tried to stop another anti-lockdown protest.
* Victoria has pushed out the interval between doses of the Pfizer vaccine from three weeks to six, to help more people get a first dose.
AUSTRALIAN VACCINATION NUMBERS:
* There have been 12,206,684 doses administered in the national COVID-19 vaccination rollout up to Friday, including 200,706 in the previous 24 hours.
* Of the total, 6,914,150 have been administered by the Commonwealth (an increase of 124,012 in the previous 24 hours).
* 6,391,251 have been issued in primary care (+119,594) and 522,899 in aged and disability facilities (+4,418).
* 5,292,534 have been administered by the states and territories, including 76,694 in the previous 24 hours.
* 1,630,960 have been administered in Victoria (+20,865), 1,473,867 in NSW (+26,872), 910,938 in Queensland (+11,879), 499,332 in Western Australia (+8,264), 389,217 in South Australia (+5,426), 161,592 in Tasmania (+0), 136,339 in the ACT (+2,244) and 90,289 in the NT (+1,144)
AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:
* Australia reported 218 local cases on Saturday, July 31: 210 in NSW, two in Victoria and six in Queensland.
* There were three new overseas-acquired cases: two in NSW and one in Queensland.
* The national death toll is 923: Victoria 820, NSW 67, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland 7, SA 4, ACT 3. (Two Queensland residents who died in NSW have been included in the official tolls of both states).