South east Sydney residents on alert after public health warning issued

South east Sydney residents on alert after public health warning issued

Residents of south east Sydney have been told to monitor for symptoms after a positive case of COVID-19 visited a number of venues and cafes in the Kingsford and Ramsgate areas.

NSW Health says after alerting the public to a positive case of COVID-19 in the area on 15 October it is still investigating the source of the infection and no specific venues of concern have been identified.

However, it is believed the case visited several cafes for short periods of time and ordered takeaway while potentially infectious in the first two weeks of October.

"Anyone who has visited these suburbs, especially cafés, should monitor for symptoms and immediately isolate and get tested should even the mildest of symptoms appear," said NSW Health.

"After testing, you must remain in isolation until a negative result is received.

"NSW is at a critical point, and the only way to find new cases and prevent further transmission is to increase testing. This is particularly important in south eastern, south western, and western Sydney as well as in south western Sydney and western Sydney where there have been recent locally transmitted cases."

Health authorities strongly recommend those in the area to wear a mask when using public transport, rideshares and taxis, and in shops, places of worship and other places where physical distancing is not possible.

NSW reported no new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 in the latest reporting period to 8pm last night.

The last time there were no new locally transmitted cases in NSW was the 24 hours to 6 October.

Four cases of the coronavirus in hotel quarantine were diagnosed overnight, bringing the cumulative number of cases in NSW to 4,153 since the pandemic began.

In Victoria there was just one new confirmed case of COVID-19 today, which is promising as Premier Daniel Andrews suggested over the weekend that sustained low case numbers could result in further restrictions being eased on hospitality and retail in the state.

Globally the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases have crossed past the 40 million mark overnight.

Of the confirmed cases, 1.1 million have passed away because of the coronavirus, while 30.3 million have recovered.

India is leading the world in terms of new daily cases of COVID-19 with 55,511 confirmed infections recorded yesterday, followed by the USA with 49,134 new cases of COVID-19.

They are followed by France, the UK and Russia in terms of new confirmed daily cases.

In total the USA has been hit the worst by the coronavirus, recording more than 8.3 million cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Updated at 10.20am AEDT on 20 October 2020.

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