A man has been tasered and arrested after allegedly travelling to NSW from Victoria by boat, as health authorities confirmed a cluster of coronavirus cases in Sydney’s CBD is expanding.
- The man will face court after he finishes a stint in hotel quarantine
- There have been new directions for people to self-isolate if they attended several Sydney venues
- The directions include Fitness First gyms in the CBD and Balgowlah
NSW Police said they intercepted the man on Tuesday afternoon in waters off Cronulla, in Sydney’s south.
Police said when they approached the vessel, the 61-year-old man became aggressive towards officers, produced a knife and refused to disembark.
Specialist officers boarded the boat and the man was tasered and taken to Sutherland Police Station.
He is now in hotel quarantine and will face court when his 14-day stay is up on September 10.
He has been charged with not complying with a COVID-19 direction.
Meanwhile, health authorities said a confirmed case, not reflected in today’s numbers, travelled on four Sydney trains while infectious.
Anyone onboard the services below are considered to be a casual contact and should monitor for symptoms.
- Monday August 24, Sydney-bound train, departing Woy Woy station at 6.31am, arriving Wynyard station at 7:50am
- Monday August 24, Northbound train, departing Town Hall station at 5:31pm, arriving Woy Woy station at 6:54pm
- Tuesday August 25, Sydney-bound train, departing Woy Woy station at 6.31am, arriving Gordon station at 7:21am
- Tuesday August 25, Northbound train, departing Hornsby station at 7:53am, arriving Woy Woy station at 8:28am
NSW Health also confirmed nine new coronavirus infections in the 24 hours to 8.00pm yesterday.
Five of the new cases were linked to a cluster in the Sydney CBD, and the other four were close contacts of previously reported cases.
There are now eight cases associated with the CBD cluster, and three of the five new infections reported today attended the City Tattersalls Club gym, on Pitt Street.
The club is now closed for cleaning.
Anyone who visited the gym on August 19, 21 and 23 must get tested and self-isolate for 14 days.
There are also fresh alerts for venues across Sydney, including the Hunters Hill bowling club indoor dining room, where anyone who attended on August 23 between noon and 2:00pm should get tested and isolate for 14 days.
The same warning goes for two new gyms: Fitness First Bond Street in the CBD, for people attended on August 20 and 21, and Fitness First Balgowlah on August 23.
Anyone who attended the gyms must immediately self-isolate for 14 days.
NSW Health also released an advisory for anyone who visited PRP Diagnostic Imaging in Hornsby on August 24, between 10:00am and 11:15am.
An advisory was also issued for Harris Farm in Willoughby for August 22 between 4:00pm and 5:00pm.
Elsewhere, anyone who visited the 4 Pines brewery in Manly on August 23 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm should monitor for symptoms.
There is also an alert for the Magpies Waitara restaurant in Sydney’s upper north shore for anyone who attended on August 24 from 11:30am to 1:15pm.
People who attended Destro’s Pharmacy in Drummoyne on August 22 from 11:20am to 11:40am should also monitor for symptoms.
There were 30,173 tests done in the 24-hour reporting period.
It follows alerts issued by NSW Health for new venues, including the Royal Hospital for Women in Randwick, the Virgin Gym in Zetland and bus routes across Western Sydney.
NSW Health is currently treating 74 people for COVID-19, including six in intensive care.
NSW deputy chief health officer Jeremy McAnulty warned people who were told to self-isolate for 14 days that they must do so for the entire period.
“Early testing may not detect infection and an early release from self-isolate based on a negative test could allow an infectious person to infect other people in the community,” he said.