Another day, another dozen exposure sites in each state fighting outbreaks of the Delta variant of COVID.
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We’ve wrapped up all we know so far on Thursday morning.
The main thing to note is that there are new venues of concern across NSW, Victoria and South Australia – including in regional areas.
A busy Melbourne market, a cafe in Mildura, shops in Sydney and an Adelaide school are all on the list.
Sydney exposure site lists grows overnight
NSW linked more sites to its current outbreak late on Wednesday. They include supermarkets, shops, restaurants, a post office and a medical clinic.
- Woolworths, Glenrose Village, Belrose, various times, July 10-20
- Star City Supermarket, Merrylands Road, various times, July 12-15
- La Vita Mediterranean Shop, Edensor Park, 6.10-6.30pm, July 14
- Post Office, Eastgate Shopping Centre, Bondi Junction, 12.55-1.40pm, July 15
- Ajmer’s Indian Restaurant, Belrose, 5.30-6pm, July 15
- Cincotta Chemist, Auburn, 11am-midday, July 16
- Afghan Sufra Lakemba, Lakemba, 4.30-4.50pm, July 16
- Chemist Warehouse, Parramatta, 1.35-1.55pm, July 17
- Pet Barn North Parramatta, 3.40-4pm, July 17
- Three Beans Cafe, Belrose, 8.50-9.10am, July 18
- Taste Baguette Glenrose, Belrose, 11.30-11.45am, July 18
- Haldon Street Medical Practice, Lakemba, 1.45-2.40pm, July 19
NSW had 110 more local COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, up from 78 the previous day.
At least 60 were circulating in the community for part or all of their infectious periods.
More than half – 56 – of the new cases were still under investigation and had not been linked to existing clusters when they were announced.
But infections would have been in the “thousands and thousands” had greater Sydney not gone into lockdown, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
She said authorities wouldn’t be able to tell whether tighter lockdown rules had slowed the spread of the virus until at least the weekend or early next week.
In other words, it’s far too early to predict whether stay-at-home orders will lift at the end of next week, as initially planned. Ms Berejiklian made it clear that restrictions would remain in some form until more people were vaccinated.
“In truth, we won’t live as freely as we need to or we would like until vaccination rates increase,” she said.
“That is one thing the NSW government can’t control.”
- Click here for the full list of NSW exposure sites
Popular Melbourne market on alert
Organisers of the Prahran Market have told customers a person with COVID-19 was on site last Saturday morning.
The market said state health authorities had informed it a case shopped at Pete n Rosie’s Deli, Q le Baker, Prahran Seafoods, John Cester’s Poultry and Game, Gary’s Quality Meats, Reliable Fruit and Veg and Market Lane Coffee.
“Due to the broad geographic spread of the traders, DHHS has taken the step of classifying the whole of Prahran Market as a tier one exposure site,” market organisers wrote on Facebook.
“All staff working within the market during the exposure period will be immediately tested and quarantine for 14 days from the exposure date.
“We will also work closely with them to conduct a deep clean of both their stalls and the market as a whole.”
As of 6.30am Thursday, the market was not named on the official list of exposure sites. The list, last updated at 10.30pm Wednesday, did have new tier one venues:
- New Star Nails, Roxburgh Park, 4.10-6pm, July 14
- Sunbury Square Medical Centre, Sunbury, 6-8.30pm, July 19
- Solunar Cafe, Mildura, 2.15-2.30pm, July 12
- Yarra Trams Route 109, from Stop 36-51, 3.20-3.38pm, July 15
- BWS, Caulfiled North, 3.25-3.50pm, July 15
- TK Maxx, Craigieburn, 3.15-4.40pm, July 15
There are also more tier two venues where transmission might have occurred, including shops in Roxburgh Park, Bentleigh and Craigieburn.
- Click here for the full list of Victorian exposure sites
Twenty-two new local cases were reported in Victoria on Wednesday.
That’s the state’s highest daily total of the current outbreak. But in good news, 16 of those people had been isolating while infectious and the others had been to few exposure sites, showing lockdown rules have been effective in limiting the spread of the virus.
There are five people in hospital with COVID-19, including a man from Barwon Heads who is in intensive care.
Chief health officer Brett Sutton said Victoria would be facing a “world of hurt” in coming weeks if authorities had not immediately locked down.
South Australian cases linked to winery
The SA cluster doubled from six to 12 cases on Wednesday and more exposure sites were identified just before midnight.
It’s only day two of lockdown, so expect cases to keep climbing throughout this week.
The outbreak started after an 81-year-old man tested positive after arriving in Adelaide from Sydney where he had been in quarantine following a flight from Argentina.
Genomic testing has confirmed he became infected while in Sydney.
Five of the latest cases are linked to the Tenafeate Creek winery at Yattalunga, north of Adelaide.
The sixth case, a child aged under five, is linked to The Greek restaurant in the city where several infected people dined over the weekend.
One of the winery cases, a man in his 40s, also attended a school at Gawler on Monday. That’s raised concerns for the health of other staff and students.
Chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier said the winery and restaurant are considered “super-spreader” sites.
The newly listed tier one exposure sites are:
- The Way cafe, Elizabeth, 10.15am-2pm, July 19
- St George Bakehouse, Elizabeth, 11.45am-1.45pm, July 19
- Coles Express, Fairview Park, 9-9.40am, July 19
- All Make Crash Repairs, Holden Hill, 8.45-9.20am, July 19
- Casa Bambinil, Seacliff, 6.30am-6pm, July 19
- Chemist King Discount Pharmacy, Surrey Downs, 5.15-6.30pm, July 19
- Drakes, Surrey Downs, 11.10am-midday, July 16
- Smile Centre, Surrey Downs, 6.30-8pm, July 16
- Surrey Downs Chicken & Takeaway, Surrey Downs, 11.30am-12.30pm, July 16
There are also new tier two and three exposure sites in Elizabeth, Evanston, Gawler, Greenwith, and Modbury.
They include the Greenwith Primary School oval and the emergency department of the Modbury Hospital.
- Click here for the full list of SA exposure sites