SYDNEY—A New South Wales male has become the latest COVID-19 fatality as the state recorded five new cases of infection.
The death of the man, who was aged in his 80s, takes the state’s toll to 54 with the national figure increasing to 396.
Of the five new cases reported up to 8 p.m. Aug. 15, three are linked to the Tangara School for Girls cluster.
There have now been 25 COVID-19 cases tied to northwest Sydney’s Tangara School.
Health authorities are investigating two remaining infections including a man in his 40s from Western Sydney, who acquired the disease locally, and a close contact.
All current infections are connected to previously reported cases who visited four separate venues between Aug. 2 and 8.
The venues include a Crust Pizza in Concord on Aug. 6 and 7, between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Den Sushi in Rose Bay, on August 8 between 7.15 p.m. and 8.45 p.m., Café Perons in Double Bay on August 8 between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. and Horderns Restaurant at Milton Park Country House Hotel and Spa, in Bowral, August 2 between 7.45 p.m. and 9.15 p.m.
People who were at those locations are recommended to get tested for the virus and self-isolate for fourteen days.
It comes as police fined a party bus operator overnight who allegedly transported 43 people from Penrith to Sydney.
The bus was pulled over at about 11.15 p.m. in the Sydney CBD following reports it was being driven erratically along Wheat Road.
Police questioned the 25-year-old driver about the number of passengers onboard, including several who were underage and appeared intoxicated.
A 17-year-old girl was arrested after allegedly being found with cocaine and will be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.
The driver was issued with a $5,000 (US$3,586) fine for failing to comply with a public health order.
Some 24,093 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted in the 24 hours to Saturday night.
“As COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community, maintaining high rates of testing is vital at this time, and NSW Health urges anyone with even the mildest symptoms to come forward for testing,” NSW Health said in a statement on Aug. 16.
By Sophie Moore