Australia races to trace source of COVID-19 mystery case in Sydney

Darnell Taylor
May 7, 2021

The venues are mostly located in the eastern suburbs and inner west of Sydney, ranging from Annandale to Bondi and Rushcutters Bay, and include a movie theatre, a number of restaurants and barbecue supply shops, and the Royal Sydney Golf Club.

A man in his 50s and his wife have tested positive for the virus, triggering warnings for nearly two dozen locations around Sydney that they visited while believed to be contagious.

A Sydney man has tested positive for COVID-19, in what appears to be a case of community transmission.

NZ Covid Response Minister Chris Hipkins acknowledged the development would be frustrating for many who had worldwide travel plans.

The so-called "travel bubble" between Australia and New Zealand opened less than a month ago.

Mystery surrounds where the man may have picked up the virus, with health authorities confirming he has not recently travelled overseas and does not work in a hotel quarantine, border or health related role.

"We can't find any direct link between our case, so what we're concerned about is there is another person that is as yet unidentified that infected our case", Chant said.

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The man attended a number of venues across the city while potentially infectious, with a major public health alert now in place for a number of locations.

Drinkers in bars must also be seated and just two visitors will be allowed for residents in aged care homes.

Masks will be mandatory on public transport and at indoor venues.

This is a three-day tightening of restrictions across Greater Sydney - including Wollongong, Central Coast and the Blue Mountains. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian also announced bans on singing and dancing.

Separately, health authorities reported five new cases of blood clots in people who had received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, the inoculation being used for the majority of the country's population over the age of 50.

He has since returned a negative COVID-19 test.

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