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New virus fears at inner city pubs

A Sydney coronavirus cluster that started in beachside suburbs has spread into the city centre, sparking fears of contagion at a number of pubs.NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said seven new coronavirus cases were recorded in the 24 hours up to 8pm on Christmas Eve.Four of those were linked to the northern beaches cluster, and two…

A Sydney coronavirus cluster that started in beachside suburbs has spread into the city centre, sparking fears of contagion at a number of pubs.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said seven new coronavirus cases were recorded in the 24 hours up to 8pm on Christmas Eve.

Four of those were linked to the northern beaches cluster, and two others were household contacts of a previous case. The seventh is still under investigation.

There was an additional case — a child linked to Sydney’s Paddington neighbourhood – who was confirmed after the 8pm cut-off and will be included in Saturday’s numbers.

Officials have issued new warnings for a number of Sydney venues, with more alerts expected to follow later on Christmas Day.

Below are the three locations mentioned at the Premier’s press conference:

  • Paragon Hotel sports bar, Loftus Street, Circular Quay: There are three cases linked to this venue. Anyone who visited the hotel from 12.45pm-3.30pm on December 16 for more than one hour is considered a close contact and should isolate and get tested.
  • Paddington Alimentari, Paddington: There are four cases linked to this venue, and anyone who went to the pub from December 17-19 should get tested if they have symptoms.
    A previous alert from NSW Health said anyone who was there at the following times should get tested and immediately self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result: Thursday, 17 December, 5.30am-6pm, Friday, 18 December, 5.30am-6pm, and Saturday, 18 December 5.30am-6pm.
    Take away customers should monitor for symptoms and get tested if they appear.
  • Northeastern parts of the CBD: Anyone who was in the northeastern part of the city, including Australia Square, MLC Centre and Chifley Squares should be alert to symptoms and get tested immediately if they have any.

More to come.

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