NSW health authorities are concerned about a potential COVID-19 cluster in Sydney after two cases were linked to a CBD medical centre.

Staff and some patients at Hyde Park Medical Centre in Liverpool Street have been advised to isolate and get tested.

Other patients who attended the centre’s physiotherapy, pathology, dermatology and dental practices and pharmacy on the ground floor between 24 August and 5 September must watch for symptoms.

It comes after the state recorded five new coronavirus cases on Saturday from more than 30,000 tests, including four linked to the City Tattersalls Club gym cluster.

That cluster now numbers 61 people.

Another case was confirmed in a health worker who wore PPE at Concord Hospital on 1 September and Liverpool Hospital on 3 September.

NSW Health has also issued health alerts for Kuleto’s Cocktail Bar in Newtown on 28 August, Bondi Platinum Fitness First on 31 August and Randwick Fitness First from 30 August to 1 September after they were visited by confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Six COVID-19 cases in NSW are in intensive care, with four ventilated.

Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd on Saturday commended NSW contact tracers for their work helping to curb the spread of infections.

Prof Kidd said Sunday would be a hard Father’s Day for many who would be separated from their dads because of health measures.

NSW Health advised against visiting fathers in aged care homes in Sydney, Blue Mountains or Central Coast on Sunday.

“We understand this will be difficult for many families on Father’s Day, however our priority is to prevent the spread of the virus into the most vulnerable people in the community,” Dr Christine Selvey said.

Queensland’s refusal, along with Tasmania and Western Australia, to endorse a national code that would deem agricultural work an essential service, is causing political friction.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the code was crucial for Australia’s agricultural sector now a bumper harvest had succeeded years of drought.

She again implored Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to revise her hardline position on borders, saying Australia’s eastern states are “inextricably linked”.

NSW will forge ahead with the code, working with Victoria, South Australia and the Commonwealth to allow agricultural workers to move freely between the southeastern states.

Meanwhile, anti-lockdown protesters have to fork out $1000 each after police fined 81 people who attended rallies in the Sydney CBD, western Sydney’s Olympic Park and at Byron Bay in northern NSW.

Police arrested 14 people mostly for disobeying health directions and two people for with assaulting police officers.

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your state’s restrictions on gathering limits.

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. News and information is available in 63 languages at https://sbs.com.au/coronavirus


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