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Testing rush in Lakemba NSW over fears 'a lot of people' exposed to virus at A2Z medical centre

A health alert has been issued for a takeaway food shop and a medical centre after two GPs working at the clinic were diagnosed with the virus.

NSW Health has established a pop-up COVID testing clinic in Lakemba to deal with the coronavirus cluster in southwestern Sydney.

A health alert has been issued for a takeaway food shop and a medical centre after two GPs working at the clinic were diagnosed with the virus.

NSW Health says patients who attended the the the A2Z Medical Clinic at Lakemba between September 29 and October 10 should be tested for the virus immediately and isolate for a full 14 days from exposure regardless of the result.

The same advice applies to anyone who visited the nearby Ali Dine Inn and Take Away Lakemba last Friday between 7:30pm and 8:30pm.

NSW Health has established a pop-up COVID testing clinic in Lakemba to deal with the coronavirus cluster in southwestern Sydney. File image.
NSW Health has established a pop-up COVID testing clinic in Lakemba to deal with the coronavirus cluster in southwestern Sydney. File image. Credit: James D. Morgan/Getty Images

Anyone who attended the A2Z medical centre between September 25 and 28 should be tested immediately, but as the full 14 days since exposure has elapsed they don’t need to isolate if they test negative.

NSW Health is contacting everyone considered to be a close contact of the doctors, with all clinic staff now isolating and being tested.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said on Monday “there may be a lot of people who have been through this particular facility”.

Gladys Berejiklian, Dominic Perrottet and Brad Hazzard
Brad Hazzard (R) said many people had been through a clinic where two GPs have contracted COVID-19. Credit: AAP

An infected patient also attended the ISRA medical practice in Lakemba, and anyone who attended between October 5 at 6pm to October 6 at 6am is considered a casual contact and must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop.

After testing, they must remain in isolation until a negative test result is received:

NSW Health has established a pop-up clinic at Lakemba to deal with the cluster as contact tracers work to track down patients of the clinic.

The two new cases announced on Monday night were linked to a previously reported case in a patient who attended Lakemba Radiology.

Earlier on Monday, NSW Health reported there had been just one locally acquired coronavirus case in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday night.

Five other cases reported on Monday were returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

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