Sydney Northern Beaches cluster grows to 5 cases, other Australian states monitoring NSW situation

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Sydney, Australia:

Five people on Sydney’s northern beaches have tested positive for Covid-19 as health authorities urge residents with the slightest symptoms to come forward and test themselves.

It is believed the outbreak may have possibly begun at the Avalon RSL, and anyone who attended the club is being requested to test themselves. NSW Health has said a “new pop up clinic has been rapidly established at Avalon and will open for high volume testing at midday today, 17 December. NSW Health has also increased staffing and extended hours at other Northern Beaches testing locations, including Mona Vale.”

Similarly, NSW Health also wants anyone who attended the Penrith RSL Club on December 13 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm to come forward for testing. The Kirribilli Club on December 14 from 12:00 to 3:00pm is also included in the advice.

Meanwhile, other Australian states such as neighbouring Queensland and Western Australia are monitoring the situation, and are urging anyone with travel plans to Sydney to observe the situation for 24 hours before proceeding with their travel plans.

NSW Health is now investigating six locally acquired cases. Five are in the Northern Beaches, and one case is a resident of south Sydney, an airport van driver who tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday morning.