Queenslanders who visited a Sydney coronavirus hot spot have been urged to get tested, as the 18 known individuals all received their results.
Queenslanders who visited a Sydney coronavirus hot spot have been urged to get tested, as the 18 known individuals all received their results.

Virus tests returned for exposed Queenslanders

All 18 Queenslanders known to have visited Sydney's Crossroads Hotel coronavirus hot spot have tested negative.

However they all need to stay in isolation for the full 14 days, and will be tested again before the end of the period.

Queenslanders have been urged to come forward and get tested if they visited the hotel between July 3 and 10.

It comes as a Melbourne freight worker who visited Sydney and attended a party at a local pub has been revealed as the source of NSW's spiralling new cluster of COVID-19 cases which has now grown to 34 people.

This "patient" zero unknowing infected six of his colleagues, pub patrons with concerns it has impacted as many as 19 pubs, clubs and shops

"A man from Melbourne came into a workplace in Sydney. There was some transmission within that workplace and then they all went to a party that night of the third of July at the Crossroads Hotel," NSW Health COVID operations manager Jennie Mousta said.

"This is where it all began," she said.

"The man from Melbourne didn't think he was particularly unwell, didn't think he was sick with COVID. He travelled from Melbourne on the 30th of June.

"He is in the freight industry, he is not a truckie.

"There are people who are his colleagues (who were infected) who then went to the party. Off the top of my head, I think it's about six (colleagues who are infected)."

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant urged Australians to avoid going to parties, particularly those in high transmission areas like the southwest of Sydney.

"There might have been between one and three people (who were infection at the party)," she said.

"We became a little bit complacent. The riskiest thing we do is party with our group of friends.

"Because that's when we are not social distancing.

"Don't go to any events if you're unwell.

"Maybe limit your social gatherings, particularly if you're in those areas of transmission."

 

Originally published as Virus tests returned for exposed Queenslanders


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