Public health alert after NSW records 4 new local cases

There have been four new locally transmitted cases of COVID-19 recorded in NSW in the past 24 hours, with a public health alert issued for parts of the state.

The first locally acquired case is from south western Sydney, with the source of their infection still under investigation.

While the other three locally acquired cases are household or close contacts of the above case.


“Two of these new cases were students who attend the Hoxton Park campus of the Malek Fahd Islamic School,” NSW Health said.

“The school will be cleaned and will be non-operational for 14 days. Contact tracing and investigations are underway.”

As a result of the new cases, a public health alert has now been issued after it was revealed one of the positive cases attended a number of venues in Sydney’s south-west and east.

Anyone who attended the below venues for at least an hour at the times specified is considered a “close contact ” and “must get tested immediately and isolate for a full 14 days from exposure regardless of the result,” NSW Health said.

  • Flip Out Prestons Indoor Trampoline Park, Unit B/238 Hoxton Park Road, Prestons on Sunday 25 October 2020, between 12pm – 1.50pm
  • Jasmins Lebanese Restaurant, 375 Macquarie Street, Liverpool, on Sunday 25 October 2020, between 2pm – 3.30pm

Meanwhile, anyone who attended the following venues is considered a “casual contact” and must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop.

  • Westfield Bondi Junction, 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, Saturday 24 October 2020, between 1.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Watsup Brothers kebab shop, 149 Eldridge Road, Condell Park, on Saturday 24 October 2020, between 5.30pm – 6pm
  • Ali Baba Charcoal Chicken, 2 Civic Road, Auburn, on Monday 26 October 2020, between 1pm – 1.20pm
  • Carnes Hill Marketplace, Kurrajong Road, Carnes Hill, on Tuesday 27 October 2020, between 3.30pm – 4.30pm

COVID-19 virus fragments have also been identified in sewage at treatment plants in West Camden yesterday, prompting renewed calls for residents in the area to get tested.

“Detection of the virus in sewage samples could reflect the presence of known cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in recent weeks in the areas served by these sewage treatment plants,” NSW Health said.

“However, NSW Health is concerned there could be other active cases in the local communities in people who have not been tested and who might incorrectly assume their symptoms are just a cold.”

The fifth case recorded in NSW today is a returned overseas traveller who remains in hotel quarantine, so authorities are not too concerned about that.

In the past 24 hours, more than 14,230 people were swabbed for the virus.