A potential virus outbreak in Sydney’s Northern Beaches has already started to grow, with another two local cases discovered overnight.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the new cases at a press conference on Thursday morning.
It comes after a woman in her 60s and a man in his 70s, who are close contacts, tested positive yesterday – taking the total number of cases in the Northern Beaches area to four.
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The source of the new infections remains a mystery, with investigations continuing.
At this stage, no links have been identified to other known cases, however contact tracing and urgent genome sequencing are underway.
Everyone living in the Northern Beaches area is now being urged to monitor for even the mildest of symptoms and come forward for testing immediately if they appear.
Testing clinics are located at:
- Mona Vale Hospital, Gate 3 Coronation Street, Mona Vale – walk-in clinic – open 7.30am-5.30pm seven days a week
- North Narrabeen Clinical Labs Pathology, 1416 Pittwater Rd, Narrabeen – drive-through clinic – open 10am-2pm Monday-Friday
There have now been five new cases this week, with a van driver who shuttles airline crew in Sydney also testing positive yesterday.
More to come.