The Queensland government has issued a public health alert to anyone who may have visited a popular Sydney pub over the last two weeks.
Crossroads Hotel, located in South Western Sydney, has now become a hub for multiple coronavirus cases, which has begun concerning health authorities in the sunshine state.
Anyone who may have visited the pub between July 3 and July 10 is being urged to get tested for the virus, and isolate immediately.
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It comes after an 18-year-old staff member tested positive over the weekend, as the sixth case in that known cluster.
It’s caused authorities to widen the self-isolation advice to all people who visited the venue between July 3 and 10, which Queensland Health authorities believe would include some Queenslanders.
“Any Queenslanders who have been to the Crossroads Hotel from July 3 to July 10 inclusive should get COVID-19 tested as soon as possible and then immediately self-isolate,” Health Minister Steven Miles said.
“The hotel is a busy stopover for many travellers, so it is very likely that there are a number of Queenslanders who have been there during this period,” he added.
Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young says NSW Health has already tested hundreds of people through a pop-up clinic in the area.
“We have seen cases increase exponentially in the greater-Melbourne area and now there is a growing cluster in South West Sydney.
“Critically, we have also seen community transmission rapidly grow within just a few weeks,” said Dr Young.
“It is important to remember that we are all in this together. The onus remains on our community to remember that the pandemic is far from over.
“We need to rapidly respond to outbreaks like this by testing and self-isolating,” Doctor Young said.
To find your nearest coronavirus testing location, visit the Queensland Health website.