Cases still a mystery

CONCERN is rising after seven coronavirus cases in the past week, including people from South Western Sydney, were not able to be linked to known clusters or associations.

NSW Health is asking patrons and staff who were at the Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL from 6.30-8pm on Monday, July 27, or the An Restaurant in Bankstown from 9-11am on Thursday, July 23, as well as anyone who visited Bankstown City Plaza in the past two weeks, to self-isolate and get tested for Covid-19 even if they have the mildest symptoms, such as a runny nose or scratchy throat.
It is also alerting the community after a newly confirmed case of COVID-19 attended three venues in West and South West Sydney while infectious, including BBQ City Buffet, Bankstown – August 1, 7-8.30pm.
While not yet recommending mandatory use of face masks in public, NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant is urging people dealing face-to-face with customers to wear one, as well as anyone where physical distancing may be hard to maintain including public transport and supermarkets.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said masks were the “fourth line of defence”, after staying home if unwell and getting tested, maintaining 1.5-metre social distancing and good hand hygiene.
“It is critical the community understands masks should be used in conjunction with other measures, and not as a standalone measure,” she said.
However breaches of Covid safety regulations are allegedly occurring, with the Greyhound Social Club at Yagoona and the Hurlstone Park Hotel each hit with a $5,000 fine last week for breaching Covid safety regulations.
Fines were also issued to eight other venues as inspectors from Liquor and Gaming NSW, SafeWork NSW and NSW Fair Trading, visited 410 premises around the state last weekend, with most of the breaches related to not having a Covid-19 Safety Plan, non-compliant record keeping and a lack of appropriate physical distancing.