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NSW traveller tests positive for coronavirus after leaving hotel quarantine

A health alert has been issued for a Sydney cafe and venues in the Illawarra after a returned traveller tested positive for COVID-19 after their 14-day quarantine period.

A cafe at Brighton Le Sands in Sydney’s south as well as shops, a hotel and a beach in Wollongong and the Illawarra are among the venues where the returned traveller visited last week.

NSW Health says anyone who visited the venues around the same time should get tested immediately and self-isolate.

The person tested positive on the 16th day after arriving home, having returned two negative tests during their 14-day quarantine period, the department said on Sunday night.

“Test results indicate that the person has a low level of infection and their household contacts have returned negative results to date.

“Investigations to date suggest the infection was likely acquired overseas and there is no indication at this stage that there was transmission in the hotel quarantine setting.”

Close contacts of the case are in self-isolation and are not associated with the venues of concern, NSW Health said.

NSW has introduced non-compulsory “day 16” testing for overseas travellers in a bid to pick up cases that might develop at the tail end of the 14-day incubation period.

Health alerts include venues in Austinmer, Bulli, Brighton Le Sands, North Wollongong, Fairy Meadow, Corrimal, Thirroul, Madden Plains and Figtree, with details available on the NSW Health website.

South Australia said it would consider adopting NSW’s approach while Victoria is also encouraging released returned travellers to take the extra test.

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your jurisdiction’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 sbs.com.au/coronavirus.

Please check the relevant guidelines for your state or territory: NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, ACT, Tasmania.

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