A bar in Bondi appears to have been the site of a significant COVID-19 infection after 10 cases were linked to the venue in Sydney.
NSW Health has issued a warning on Friday saying the Tea Gardens Hotel is a “transmission point of concern”.
The authority has determined that the 10 cases were either contagious when they visited on Saturday, October 23, or caught the virus on that date.
“People who attended the Tea Gardens Hotel, Bondi, on October 23, from 7.30pm until closing, are considered random contacts and must be tested and isolated immediately until a negative result is received,” NSW Health tweeted.
“People who attended earlier in the day should monitor for symptoms.”
Earlier this week, authorities revealed that City Gym in Darlinghurst was linked to 15 cases, prompting officials to warn of the risk of transfer at indoor venues.
NSW Health’s Jeremy McAnulty said the “likely transfer” in high-risk indoor venues was a reminder to maintain COVID-safe behavior at all times.
“It’s important that we all wear masks when we’re indoors,” McAnulty said Saturday.
Even fully vaccinated people should come for testing if they experience symptoms, he said.
Vaccination is “very effective,” but not perfect, and breakthrough infections can still occur, McAnulty warned.
NSW registered 268 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and two more deaths on Friday, more than half of which were discovered outside Greater Sydney.
During the 24 hours to 8 p.m. Thursday, 54 positive tests were returned in the Hunter New England Local Health District, 52 in the Murrumbidgee area and 13 on the state’s Mid North Coast, with additional cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven region and southern NSW.
By the numbers
An unvaccinated woman in her 90s died at a nursing home in Tarrawanna, north of Wollongong, where she contracted her infection, and a man in his 70s died at a nursing home in Albury, Albury, where he contracted his infection.
He had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
There have been 566 COVID-19-related deaths in NSW since the start of the pandemic.
There are 363 people hospitalized with the virus – 80 in intensive care and 32 in need of ventilation.
About 93.5 percent of NSW residents over 16 have received at least one vaccine, of which 87 percent are fully vaccinated.
– With AAP