BREAKING: NSW records new case of community transmission

New South Wales is on COVID-19 alert after a new case of the virus was detected in the community.

The case is a man in his 50s who lives in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.

It’s understood the man came forward for testing on Tuesday, with the result coming back positive this morning.


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NSW Health Authorities said urgent genome sequencing is now underway to determine the source of infection.

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 believe obviously the complete genome sequence will take 24 hours but we are anticipating that in the early hours of the morning we’ll probably get some additional information which might provide us some intermediate information on a potential source,” NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said.

Obviously we’re keeping an open mind at this time and obviously we are looking at whether there’s any match to any known returning travellers through our quarantine system but also the genomes of any outbreaks that have occurred in other states and territories.”

Close contacts are being urgently contacted, tested and forced into isolation.

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.

Anyone who attended any of the above venues at the times specified is being asked to immediately get tested and isolate.

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