Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact: 6 January 5:25pm

Robyn Wuth
(Australian Associated Press)


* Coronavirus is continuing to spread in Sydney’s west as NSW records four new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday, including an 18-year-old man whose positive result had previously been reported by authorities.

* Several regional NSW communities are on high alert after a teenager who visited Orange, Nyngan and Broken Hill tested positive, in connection with the BWS Berala cluster.

* That cluster is under urgent investigation after a woman who visited the Woolworths next door – but not BWS – picked up the virus. Woolworths customers between December 20 and 31 now all need to be tested.

* The northern beaches Avalon cluster has risen to 149 after a man in his 20s who is a household contact of an Avalon case tested positive.

* Testing numbers were up to 32,667 from 26,391 the previous day

* Authorities are concerned there may be unrecognised chains of transmission through western Sydney.

* NSW authorities have expanded the western Sydney suburbs whose residents and workers are locked out of attending the Australia-India cricket Test at the SCG from Thursday.

* Those who go to the SCG need to wear a mask at all times except when eating and drinking.

* In Victoria cricket fans and Boxing Day shoppers are being asked to get tested and self-isolate, following the state’s first mystery coronavirus case in more than two months.

* Health authorities are scrambling to find the source, with a man in his 30s catching the virus after attending the sales at Chadstone Shopping Centre on December 26 and the Boxing Day Test at the MCG the following day.

* A further two overseas acquired infections were reported on Wednesday, bringing the state’s active case total to 41.

* Victoria authorities are increasingly concerned about positive COVID-19 cases among international flight crews quarantining in Melbourne, with eight out of 1000 who arrived in the last fortnight testing positive – above the average for travellers arriving from overseas.

* Queenslanders who visited three regional NSW towns on the weekend have been asked to get tested for the coronavirus.

* Anyone from the sunshine state who was in Orange, Nyngan and Broken Hill between January 2 and 3 should get tested on Thursday “or earlier if possible”, chief health officer Jeannette Young said.

* In WA, a paramedic has gone into hotel isolation after transporting a COVID-19 patient from the UK to hospital in Perth while checks are made into whether proper health protocols were followed.

* The patient, a woman in her 80s, arrived from the United Kingdom on January 2 and was symptomatic on arrival and subsequently tested positive.

* Australia will be among the first countries to conditionally approve the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19, following a decision to bring forward the rollout to early March