A man in his early 70s has died in a Sydney Hospital due to COVID-19 as authorities scramble to contain the potential spread of the virus by a western Sydney cabbie who drove for nine days while possibly infectious.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Sunday that the man died in Royal North Shore Hospital on Saturday after contracting the virus from a Sydney CBD cluster.
“He got the disease from one of the CBD clusters recently and unfortunately succumbed to the disease,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very difficult time.”
NSW recorded just two new cases from 13,635 tests – one is a man who is believed to have contracted the virus from Liverpool Hospital and one overseas returned traveller in hotel quarantine.
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NSW Health are undertaking a massive contract tracing campaign after the taxi driver worked for more than a week and visited a number of locations across western Sydney and the South Coast.
Three different local health districts are trying to track down people who may have come into contact with the man last week.
NSW Health said the man had the COVIDSafe app, which is being used to track the potential spread.
Authorities are casting a wide net and urging anyone to be aware of symptoms if they caught a taxi in western or south-western Sydney over the last fortnight.
The man worked as a taxi driver at Moorebank, Bankstown, Chipping Norton, Liverpool, Lidcombe, Warwick Farm and Milperra on September 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18.
NSW Health issued an alert for five venues across western Sydney and the South Coast after the man visited them over the last several weeks.
Anyone who visited the following venues for at least an hour at the following times has been urged to get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the results;
* Mama Wok, MacArthur Square Campbelltown – September 9 1:30pm-2:30pm
* Milton Ulladulla Ex Servos Club – September 12, 2pm-6.15pm
* Carlo’s Italian Restaurante Bar & Seafood, Ulladulla – September 12, 8pm-9.30pm
* Bannisters Pavilion Rooftop Bar & Grill, Mollymook – September 13, 12.30pm-2.15pm
* Campbelltown Golf Club, Glen Alpine– September 16, 2pm-4.30pm
Anyone who attended the Picnic Point Bowling Club (September 18, 3pm-6pm), Campbelltown Golf Club course Glen Alpine (September 16, 9.30am-2pm) and Wray St Oyster Shed Batemans Bay (September 12,12 pm-1 pm) should also monitor for symptoms.