Smithfield RSL restaurant linked to two coronavirus cases as NSW reports nine new infections

| 15.08,20. 11:39 PM |

Smithfield RSL restaurant linked to two coronavirus cases as NSW reports nine new infections

NSW Health said there were two new cases linked to Smithfield RSL.(Facebook: Smithfield RSL)

NSW Health has issued an alert over an RSL in Western Sydney where two staff members have been confirmed as new COVID-19 cases.

The health authority warned that anyone who dined at the Chopstix Asian Cuisine restaurant at Smithfield RSL from Friday, July 31, to Saturday, August 9, should monitor for symptoms.

One staff member there has tested positive from an unknown source of infection.

A second staff member was "likely" a secondary infection from the first case, NSW Health said.

The venue is in the Fairfield local government area.

The RSL is also in a neighbouring suburb to Wetherill Park, where the Thai Rock restaurant became linked to 116 cases after an outbreak last month.

The state reported nine new cases in the 24 hours to 8:00pm last night.

One new case was linked to the Tangara School for Girls in Cherrybrook, bringing that cluster to 22.

Another was connected to the Mounties Club at Mount Pritchard, which has also seen multiple cases.

An alert has also gone out for the Rick Stein at Bannisters restaurant at Mollymook on the south coast.

The affected person dined there on Saturday, August 1, between 8:00pm and 10:30pm.

Anyone who dined at the restaurant at that time must immediately get tested and self-isolate until midnight tonight or until they receive a negative result.

Five of the latest cases reported on Saturday are close contacts of known cases.

There have been no new cases in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

NSW Health carried out 27,389 tests in the latest period, compared with 29,696 in the previous period.

NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer Jeremy McAnulty continued to urge anyone with the mildest symptoms to come forward for testing.

"As COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community, maintaining high rates of testing is vital at this time," he said.


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