NSW Health workers are out in force, greeting planes, trains and automobiles coming in to the state from Victoria, checking temperatures and addresses, as NSW attempts to head off an outbreak itself.
Victorians are welcome to visit NSW – as long as they are not from a hotspot suburb, or have spent time there. Same with NSW residents. You can’t visit a hotspot, or spend time with someone who has.
Breaking the rules can now lead to up to an $11,000 fine or six months in jail. But it is the potential for an outbreak that has everyone worried. All the cases in NSW have lately come from hotel quarantine. But one case has NSW Health on alert.
As AAP reports:
Health authorities are urging people in Balmain to be on alert for COVID-19 symptoms after a local Woolworths supermarket worker tested positive to the virus.
The man had been in hotel quarantine in Victoria from June 11 to June 26 after flying from Bangladesh. He tested positive to COVID-19 on day four of his quarantine period.
He then flew from Melbourne [to Sydney] on June 26 -14 days after he arrived and 12 days after the onset of symptoms.
He returned to work at the supermarket in Sydney’s suburb on June 27 where his employer noticed he had minor symptoms.
“The man worked in the self-service section of Darling Street Woolworths and while we believe him to be a low-level risk of infection we are taking every precaution possible to protect the people on NSW,” NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said in a statement on Thursday.
He worked at the store on June 27-28 and 50 employees are now in isolation after being identified as close contacts. The store has undergone a deep clean.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said anyone who visited the Woolworths store on either of the days the man worked should come forward and be tested if they have any cold or flu-like symptoms.
Health authorities are also contacting people who sat around the man on Jetstar Flight JQ510 from Melbourne to Sydney on June 26
There was also a man test positive for Covid in Darwin yesterday – the first time the NT has recorded a positive case since April, after he spent time with relatives, who live in what we now know is a virus hotspot, after he left his hotel quarantine. He stayed in isolation when he arrived back home in Darwin.
We’ll take you through the day’s events as they related to Covid and Australian politics. It is the last day of byelection campaigning, but the AFR reports Mathias Cormann will leave the Senate, after the October budget is handed down, so there might be a little overshadowing. We’ll keep you informed – you have a two-coffee Amy Remeikis with you for most of the day (and if you are wild, and making weekend plans already, I’ll also be covering the Eden-Monaro byelection tomorow, so chalk that in as well)