WA travel advice for NSW updated after new COVID case in Sydney’s east
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Travellers to Western Australia from New South Wales who visited several locations in Bondi also visited by a new community COVID-19 case will have to get tested and self-quarantine.
The alert was triggered after a man in his 60s became NSW’s first local case of COVID-19 in 40 days on Wednesday.
A man who visited Bondi Junction Westfield last weekend has tested positive to COVID-19.
The man works as a driver in a role that includes transporting international air crew. NSW Health authorities said he had not recently been overseas.
The man returned a positive saliva test on Tuesday and his infection was confirmed by a second PCR test on Wednesday.
“Urgent investigations into the source of the infection and contact tracing are under way, as is genome sequencing,” NSW Health said in a statement.
A number of locations visited by the man in Sydney’s east were identified as potential exposure sites.
Anyone who travelled to WA from NSW between June 9-16 and has been to the locations should get tested immediately, quarantine in a suitable location and get another test on day 11.
WA Chief Health Officer Andy Robertson said NSW authorities were currently investigating any casual and close contacts of the case and would notify WA Health if any were identified to be in WA.
“Any risk to WA remains very low but, again, the situation highlights the importance of remaining vigilant to prevent any spread of the virus or community transmission in this state,” he said.
“We will continue to monitor the situation in New South Wales very closely, as we do when any cases of this nature emerge and will issue updated health advice if required”.
Any recent arrivals into WA from NSW should remain vigilant, get tested and isolate immediately if even mild symptoms develop, he said.
with Mary Ward
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