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New South Wales records one new Covid case in eastern Sydney after a man in his 50s tests positive 

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 underwent a Covid swab on Tuesday and received his positive result on Wednesday. 

NSW Health said genome sequencing is underway and authorities are urgently notifying 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 and several barbecue shops while infectious. 

SYDNEY VENUES ON ALERT 

Anyone who attended one of the following venues at the times specified is asked to immediately get tested and isolate until NSW Health provides further information. 

Event Cinemas Bondi Junction, screening of The Courier

Friday April 30, 6pm – 8pm

Figo Restaurant, 3/56-60A Bayswater Road in Rushcutters Bay 

Friday April 30, 8.45pm – 11pm

Joe’s Barbeques & Heating, 142 Silverwater Road in Silverwater

Saturday May 1, 1pm –1.45pm

Tucker Barbecues, 138 Silverwater Road in Silverwater

Saturday May 1, 1pm – 1.45pm

Barbeques Galore, G1/212-220 Parramatta Road in Annandale

Saturday May 1, 2pm – 3pm

Barbeques Galore, The Crossroads, Unit 12B, Parkers Farm Place in Casula

Saturday May 1, 4pm – 5pm

BP Mascot, 1077 Botany Road in Mascot

Saturday May 1, 4.30pm – 5pm

The Meat Store, 262 Oxford Street in Bondi Junction

Sunday May 2, 3pm – 4pm

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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 infectious. 

On Friday night he attended a screening of The Courier at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction.  

He then attended Figo Restaurant in Rushcutters Bay from 8.45pm to 11pm. 

On Saturday, the man went to barbecue shops all across the city – in Silverwater, Annandale and Casula. 

NSW Health said anyone who visited the venues at the times specified must get tested immediately and stay in isolation until further updates are provided.  

‘This advice applies to everyone, including those people who may have been partially or fully vaccinated,’ they said.

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.’ 

More to come 

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