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Worrying coronavirus cluster in Sydney’s CBD grows as nine new cases are found

New South Wales has recorded nine new coronavirus cases, including five more linked to a worrying cluster in Sydney’s CBD. 

Four of the new infections identified on Thursday are close contacts of previous cases, and bring the number of active cases in NSW to 74.

Three of the five new cases linked to the CBD cluster attended the City Tattersalls Club gym on Pitt Street. Eight cases in total are now linked to that outbreak.  

NSW Health has said anyone who went to the gym between 8am to 2pm on August 19, 21 or 23 is considered to be a close contact and needs to get tested. 

Other members of City Tattersalls – which includes dining rooms and a bar – should get tested if they have even the mildest symptoms. 

Workers wearing full protective clothing were seen on Thursday entering the club after the venue announced it would be closed until Friday so a deep clean could be conducted. 

Health officials are also battling to track a potential outbreak of the virus after a Sydney bus driver worked on 24 different routes while infectious.   

Meanwhile, those who were at the 7.40pm Active Dance Class at Virgin Gym in Zetland on August 24 have also been told to get tested immediately.

Gym-goers at Fitness First Bond St on August 20 and August 21 and Fitness First Balgowlah on August 23 from 9am to 12pm are urged to watch for symptoms and to get tested if they occur.

NSW Health is also trying to contact those who attended the Hunters Hill Bowling Club indoor dining room on August 23 from 12pm to 2pm.

The central Sydney outbreak comes as six patients are treated in intensive care across the state. 

The infected bus driver worked on four days between August 20 and August 24 while infectious on routes in the western Sydney suburbs of Blacktown, Rouse Hill, and Mt Druitt. 

Authorities initially believed the driver had only worked one shift, but the alert has since been revised to include 24 routes – including two popular buses between Randwick and the CBD across three days.

Those who were on any of the routes worked on by the infected driver have been to watch for symptoms and get tested if they feel unwell.  

New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the driver’s potential to spread the virus to so many other people meant it was vital social distancing rules were followed.

‘This is the crisis that we face, it takes one individual who travels across the city or the regions or the state, stops in at a pub, bar, cafe, restaurant, and may interact with other people,’ he told Today.

‘From one it can easily become 20, 50 or 100. That’s why it’s so important that the message stays clear that we’ve got to do everything we can to abide by the rules.’  

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