A man from the eastern suburbs of Sydney is the first to acquire the virus locally in more than a month.
Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), reported on Wednesday its first locally acquired COVID-19 case in more than a month, and has sent authorities in a hurry to trace the origin of the virus.
A man in his fifties who tested positive for the new coronavirus had visited a cinema, restaurants, a gas station and a butcher shop on the outskirts of eastern Sydney while not knowing it was infectious, reports reported on Wednesday. authorities.
The infected person has not traveled abroad recently and is not working in a high-risk job, such as in hotel quarantine or in hospitals, NSW State Health Director Kerry Chant told reporters. in Sydney.
“So all the usual routes where we would expect someone to have acquired the infection are unclear,” Chant said. Nearby contacts have been asked to test and isolate themselves.
Australia has largely contained the coronavirus outbreak through instant blockages, border controls and rapid contact tracking systems, with just over 29,800 cases and 910 deaths since the pandemic began.
Zero cases have been reported on most days this year.