In Sydney, a Covid-19 community case has been verified.

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In Sydney, a case of Covid-19 that was acquired locally has been identified.

More information is anticipated to be released by NSW Health this evening.

According to ABC, the current instance involves a man who has visited the Bondi Junction retail complex in Sydney’s east many times in recent days.

It is the state’s first locally acquired case since a pair returned positive swabs in early May.

These incidents caused Premier Gladys Berejiklian to impose further restrictions, such as restricting household visitors and prohibiting dancing in nightclubs.

Contact tracers used genomic sequencing to link the source of those infections to someone in NSW’s hotel quarantine program, but how the virus made it into the community remains a mystery.

It is the second coronavirus scare for the state in 24 hours after three cases were confirmed on the same floor of a quarantine hotel in the city’s CBD.

NSW Health authorities are investigating whether it was an instance of Covid-19 spreading among returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

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All three cases arrived in Sydney on the same flight from Doha on 1 June and stayed in adjacent rooms at the Radisson Blu hotel.

Authorities have since contacted other returned travellers who had been discharged from the fourth floor of the hotel and have asked them to isolate and get tested.

ABC

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