COVID alert: Thai Rock in Sydney linked to dozens of cases

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Australia’s second wave of COVID has arrived, and a New South Wales restaurant is at the center of one of the latest outbreaks. News reports have it that 67 infections have been traced back to Thai Rock, a Thai restaurant in Sydney.

The major hot spot is the restaurant’s Wetherill Park location, with six more cases linked to it on Sunday. But another location is under scrutiny now as well.

According to NSW health officials, anybody who spent more than two hours at the restaurant’s Potts Point location between 15 July and 25 July should be tested for COVID-19. They should also self-quarantine for a fortnight even if they are not experiencing symptoms.

These guidelines were issued after an employee at the restaurant tested positive for the virus. A COVID-positive individual is said to have visited the restaurant 17 July.

Similar guidelines have been given in relation to two other restaurants: AN Restaurant in Bankstown and Tan Viet Noodle House in Cabramatta. People who were at AN on the morning of 23 July, or at Tan Viet on the afternoon 22 July, are advised to be on the lookout for the emergence of COVID symptoms. As a reminder, those symptoms include:

Fever

Cough

Shortness of breath

Muscle aches

Fatigue

Diarrhea

Headache

Loss of taste and/or smell

Nausea

Sore throat

Sinus congestion

The worst-hit state has been Victoria, which just reported 532 new cases Monday, a record high one-day increase. It also reported six new deaths, bringing the total to 77. In response, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews warned that anyone experiencing symptoms, even “a sniffle,” has to stay home.

“If you’ve got a sniffle, a scratchy throat, a headache, fever, then you can’t go to work,” he said. “This is what is driving these numbers up, and the lockdown will not end until people stop going to work with symptoms and instead go and get tested.”

Restaurants in general have been identified as COVID incubators. This is especially true with regard to indoor dining where it is more difficult to remain at a safe distance from other people.