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New South Wales has recorded a new locally acquired case of COVID-19 after a van driver tested positive. 45-year-old Sydney man was driving international flight crews to and from the airport.
Health authorities informed of the positive diagnosis at 7:00 AM on Wednesday.
The man works for Sydney Ground Transport in Alexandria. His responsibilities are to help airline crew with their baggage and buses.
The health minister of NSW, Brad Hazzard, said the COVID-19 case was identified Wednesday morning.
He said, “A 45-year-old man had symptoms on Saturday, and he was tested on Tuesday. At 7 “O” Clock on Wednesday morning, he found COVID-19 positive.”
He said the case had urged the NSW government to explore talks with international airlines “within 48 hours”, and the government’s “list at this time” is to look into making changes to the isolation requirements for aircrew.
NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant said the effects of genomic sequencing — which could determine the source of the 45-years man’s infection to overseas strains of the virus — were pending.
She said, the three household contacts of COVID-19 positive man had been tested, and the result will be coming soon.
Dr Chant said the transport agency was working with health authorities to give information on where the man travelled.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said, “we do not want COVID-19 as a Christmas gift to our community.”
He said, “The best gift of Christmas you can give to your friends, your family, and your community is to get tested if you have any symptoms of the coronavirus.”
The last case of community transmission of COVID-19 in NSW was recorded on December 2, when a hotel quarantine worker at two Sydney hotels tested positive to the coronavirus.
It is the second locally got an infection in NSW after November 7. The new COVID-19 case has again highlighted the number of international arrivals NSW receiving each week in relating to other territories and states.