New South Wales Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant has revealed the growing cluster centered around a BWS store in Sydney’s west is not linked to the state’s Northern Beaches outbreak.
Genomic sequencing that was delivered just prior to the Sunday morning press conference revealed the virus strain was instead linked to a patient transport driver that contracted the virus from a returned overseas traveller in recent weeks.
“The genomic sequencing results have come back and what they show is that the Berala cluster is actually the same genomic sequences as our patient transport driver, not Avalon,” she told reporters.
“We have been dealing with two different strains that have been causing two clusters.”
Chant said the patient transport worker had passed the infection on to a colleague, who had been at the Berala BWS for a “very fleeting amount of time”.
“But what we now know is that transmission occurred,” Chant added.