Coronavirus: Two new COVID-19 cases in Sydney connected to busy Bondi mall

Authorities were also notified of an additional case overnight.
Authorities were also notified of an additional case overnight. Photo credit: Getty Images.

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Sydney, both connected to a busy, upmarket mall. 

New South Wales Health on Saturday reported that up until 8pm on Friday night two new cases of the virus had been recorded. That includes one case which was announced on Friday morning and takes the state's total to six cases.

The first case is a man in his 50s who lives in the city's eastern suburbs and recently visited the Myer department store at the busy, upmarket Westfield Bondi Junction. He had "very fleeting contact" with an aircrew driver who tested positive earlier this week at the Myer store. The second case is a woman in her 40s who has recently been at the mall.

Authorities were also notified of an additional case overnight - a man in his 30s who also attended Westfield Bondi Junction - but he will be included in Sunday's numbers.

NSW Health is now asking anyone who has been to the mall - including to the car park - between 11am and 12pm on June 12 and between 1pm and 2pm and between 4pm and 4:30pm on June 13, to get tested.

"People who do not have symptoms do not need to isolate, but until they return a negative test are strongly urged to wear a mask in all public indoor spaces, avoid gatherings and minimise their movements, particularly attending the cinemas or trips to the ski fields," NSW Health says.

"If you can work from home, please do so.

"All those who visited Westfield Bondi Junction between Friday, June 11 and Friday, June 18 outside the times listed above should monitor closely for symptoms and get tested if they become unwell."

Anyone who was at the Broken Drum cafe on Friday between 10:20am and 10:40am is also being asked to self-isolate and get tested. 

A full list of locations of interest can be found here. 

Given the latest cases of community transmission and updated health advice, NSW Health is asking people in the Sydney and Blue Mountains area (excluding the Central Coast and Wollongong and the Illawarra) to follow updated health advice until 12.01am Thursday, June 24  2021:

Avoid non-essential visits to aged care and disability facilities, but if visiting, wear a mask and limit visits to two people per day.

Masks are mandatory on public transport and strongly encouraged in all public indoor venues, such as retail, theatres, hospitals, aged care facilities, and for front-of-house hospitality staff.

On Friday night, the Ministry of Health said quarantine-free travel with NSW would continue "subject to no further significant developments".