Herald on Sunday

New Delta cases keep NSW on high alert

- — news.com.au

New South Wales is facing a “near and present danger” from the Covid-19 Delta variant after the state recorded two new locally acquired cases in the 24 hours to midday yesterday.

Sydney’s eastern suburbs cluster has now grown to six cases.

A man in his 50s, who tested positive on Friday, caught the virus while shopping at Myer Bondi Junction at the same time as a limousine driver who is believed to be at the centre of the latest outbreak.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said that man was between 10-60cm away from the driver when authoritie­s believe he caught the virus.

“It’s fair to say that this Delta virus would appear to be a near and present danger,” Hazzard said yesterday.

Hazzard said CCTV showed the two men were near each other for “no more than seconds”.

The second case is a woman in her 40s from the eastern suburbs who regularly walked through Westfield Bondi Junction shopping centre.

It isn’t clear what day she contracted the virus.

“It’s a virus that is very capable of transmitti­ng even when we have very fleeting proximity between the individual who is infectious and any of us who might be passing by,” Hazzard said.

Anyone who was at the centre on

June 12 and 13 is urged to get tested, even if they don’t have symptoms.

A third positive case known to NSW Health was identified after the 8pm cut-off for reporting.

That positive case is a man in his 30s who lives in Sydney and visited the Wollongong region on Friday.

Masks are compulsory on public transport for Greater Sydney and the Blue Mountains until next week.

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