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Berala COVID cluster genomic sequencing reveals no link to Avalon outbreak

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.”

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant. Credit: AAP

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