Australia COVID-19 cluster emerges at Sydney gym
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A Sydney gym is at the centre of a COVID-19 outbreak as infections in several NSW regions rise and the state gears up for unrestricted travel to resume for the first time in four months.
There are 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 linked to City Gym, in Darlinghurst in the inner city, involving people who attended while infectious or acquired their infection at the facility, NSW Health said.
People who used the gym at certain times on October 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 or 25 are considered casual contacts and must immediately get tested and self-isolate until a negative result is received.
More than a dozen COVID-19 cases linked to Sydney gym
Anyone who attended City Gym at Darlinghurst from Monday to Saturday last week is now considered a casual COVID-19 contact.NSW Health has released a new COVID-19 exposure site alert for City Gym at Darlinghurst, with 15 cases linked to the site.
NSW recorded 304 new locally acquired infections and three deaths in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday.
A cluster in the Hunter New England local government area grew by 83 new cases - up 34 on the day before, and accounting for more than a quarter of the state's new cases.
Once again the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, which includes the Victorian border town of Albury, recorded the second-highest daily tally with 38 new cases, while Wodonga on the other side of the border recorded 46 cases.
Some 22 new cases were also recorded on the mid-north coast.
The highly anticipated move to unfettered travel to the regions is due to start on Monday after being delayed over lagging vaccination numbers in the regions.
Premier Dominic Perrottet has hinted it could happen sooner, saying his COVID economic recovery committee will be examining "aspects of the roadmap" this week.
NSW records 293 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths as top doc issues warning
A top New South Wales doctor has warned the state should expect more COVID-19 outbreaks after 15 cases were linked to a Sydney gym.NSW Australian Medical Association president Danielle McMullen told Today that residents can expect a "difficult transition" as the state reopens.
While on average more than 85 per cent of NSW residents aged over 16 are fully vaccinated, about 60 regions have less than 85 per cent coverage and 14 have a vaccine uptake of less than 75 per cent.
UNSW epidemiologist Mary-Louise McLaws has called for a "sensible" delay - at least four weeks - to travel to the regions.
Meanwhile, the number of people in NSW hospitals with COVID-19 continues to decline, with 97 people in intensive care of which 43 are ventilated.
The death toll from the current outbreak, which began in mid-June, is 506.
Of the NSW residents aged 16 and over, 93.2 per cent have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 85.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.
In the 12 to 15-year-old age group, 78.3 per cent have had their first dose and 53 per cent are fully vaccinated.
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