Santa pics, regional flight virus fears

By | December 25, 2020

Authorities have issued fresh alerts for a rural flight to southern NSW, photos with Santa and the Sydney CBD as efforts to contain a coronavirus cluster expand.

NSW Health is urging any passenger on REX ZL 6469 from Sydney to Griffith at 2.10pm on Monday December 21 to get tested and to isolate.

Passengers on the flight are considered close contacts and must self-isolate for 14 days, said NSW Health.

Testing is available at Griffith Base Hospital.

“Those without symptoms should remain in isolation and present for testing at a new pop-up clinic, which will be open from 10am to 5pm tomorrow, at 50-52 Yambil St, Griffith,” NSW Health said in a statement.

The public alert comes as more pubs and cafes were added to the list of places where, if anyone attended, they needed to get tested and isolate immediately.

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The warning also includes Santa Photos on level 3 at the Queen Victoria Building on Wednesday.

Anyone who attended Santa Photos between 10.15am-11am should monitor for symptoms and immediately get tested and to isolate if they appear, NSW Health says.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said seven new coronavirus cases were recorded in the 24 hours up to 8pm on Christmas Eve.

Four of those were linked to the northern beaches cluster, and two others were household contacts of a previous case. The seventh is still under investigation.

There was an additional case — a child linked to Sydney’s Paddington neighbourhood – who was confirmed after the 8pm cut-off and will be included in Saturday’s numbers.

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Officials have issued new warnings for a number of Sydney venues, with more alerts expected to follow later on Christmas Day.

Below are places where, if people attended, they are urged to get tested and isolate for 14 days:

  • Paragon Hotel sports bar, Loftus Street, Circular Quay: There are three cases linked to this venue. Anyone who visited the hotel from 12.45pm-3.30pm on December 16 for more than one hour is considered a close contact and should isolate and get tested.
  • Paddington Alimentari, Paddington: There are four cases linked to this venue, and anyone who went to the pub from December 17-19 should get tested if they have symptoms.
    A previous alert from NSW Health said anyone who was there at the following times should get tested and immediately self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result: Thursday, 17 December, 5.30am-6pm, Friday, 18 December, 5.30am-6pm, and Saturday, 18 December 5.30am-6pm.
    Take away customers should monitor for symptoms and get tested if they appear.
  • Northeastern parts of the CBD: Anyone who was in the northeastern part of the city, including Australia Square, MLC Centre and Chifley Squares should be alert to symptoms and get tested immediately if they have any.
  • Chicago Jones Coffee & Chocolate Maison: 100 Parramatta Rd, Auburn. December 20, 2.50pm-4pm.
  • Flight No: ZL6469 Sydney to Griffith. December 21, 2.10pm-4.20pm

If you attended any of these locations you are considered a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

* Oliver Brown: Alexander St, Crows Nest. December 21, 10-10.30am

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* Anytime Fitness: Belrose Glenrose Shopping. December 9, 11, 12, 14 and 18

* Sappho Books, Cafe and Bar: 51 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe. December 20, 11am-12.30pm.

* Hipster Clothing Store: Westfield Burwood. December 19, 8am-6pm

*Cafe Bodrum: 2/1 Mary St, Auburn. December 21, 2pm – 2.30pm

*Chippendale Central Park Food Court: Central Park Ave, Chippendale. December 17, 5pm-6pm

NSW Health says anyone who attended the following venue at the following times should monitor for symptoms and immediately get tested and to isolate if they appear.

* Auburn Redyard Entertainment Centre: 100 Parramatta Rd, Auburn. December 20, 4pm – 5pm

* Star Nails: 736 New South Head Road Rose Bay, December 20, 12.15pm-1pm

* QVB: Santa Photos (level three): 455 George Street Sydney. December 23, 10.15am – 11am


Bus Route 200: TAFE St Leonards, Pacific Highway to The Royal Botanic Gardens, Macquarie St. December 15, 7.20am-7.41

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