Australia's most populous city Sydney has recorded its first locally acquired case of COVID-19 in more than a month, stoking concerns of a fresh wave of infections on Wednesday.
Multiple recent worldwide arrivals into New South Wales are being told to get tested and isolate as health authorities investigate a case of possible coronavirus transmission within hotel quarantine.
Anyone who was at the cinema viewing that film at the same time must immediately call NSW Health, self-isolate for 14 days and seek a test.
A new case of Covid-19 has been detected in the community in Sydney. People at those locations are told to get tested and self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result of their test.
"It isn't over yet by no means. please don't go back to behaviours that would suggest that there's absolutely no risk", Victoria state Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said during a televised media conference in Melbourne.
Three new cases of COVID-19 recorded for Melbourne today
Management said they were working with contractors, the health department and traders to reopen as soon as possible. Victorians have been urged to check the state government's website for the full and frequently changing list.
NSW Health on Tuesday night confirmed a returned traveller newly diagnosed with COVID-19 had an identical viral sequence to two infected travellers staying in the room next door at the Radisson Blu quarantine hotel in Sydney.
All three travellers arrived in Sydney on the same flight from Doha, Qatar, on June 1.
'Currently, there is no evidence of further transmission'.
Genomic sequencing has shown all three cases have identical viral sequences of the Alpha strain (B.1.1.7).
The total number of Covid-19 vaccines administered in NSW is now 1,737,557.
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But the pace has slowed rapidly since then, and unvaccinated people still remain vulnerable to the disease. Worldwide, the USA still is reporting the greatest total deaths, followed by Brazil, India and Mexico.
The couple, who were asymptomatic, returned a positive Covid test following a test on June 3.
"The couple and the secondary case were transferred from the Radisson Blu to the special health accommodation, where they remain, following their positive tests".
'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.
A returned travelled has tested positive to Covid-19 while isolating in the Radisson Blu quarantine hotel.
"NSW Health has also asked all staff who worked on the fourth floor between June 1 and June 5 to get tested and isolate pending further advice from NSW Health".
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