Stunning claim about Sydney COVID couple
A couple from Sydney's northern beaches who were diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday were roaming the streets - allegedly prior to receiving their results.
The woman in her 60s and the man in his 70s allegedly did not isolate after getting tested, outraging health authorities, according to The Australian.
The duo visited venues in Palm Beach and Avalon on Sunday and Monday while potentially infectious, which later prompted health alerts for anyone who also attended those venues to isolate and get tested.
Additional pop up COVID-19 clinics have also been set up across the northern beaches area.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said he would not comment on the matter, despite seeing the reports of the couple's alleged disregard for the rules.
He said he was "disappointed" someone who was not an official spokesman had chosen to comment.
"Right from the word go, in NSW, we have, as a government, and as the public health unit, tried to take people with us on this journey and the NSW public have been incredible and been on the journey with us." Mr Hazzard said.
"And from time to time, people might not respond as quickly on an objective medical basis as we would like them to but we have never commented on those particular cases, and we won't, because we want to encourage people always to feel they can come forward in the same way that anybody would want to go to talk to their doctor and know it's a confidential circumstance.
"I don't think it was helpful and I would say to anybody in the health system you should respect the privacy of patients."
The two cases of community transmission were announced on Wednesday afternoon after news a Sydney airport shuttle bus driver had also tested positive to the virus.
The 45-year-old man from Sydney's southwest, who worked as a driver for international flight crew, was the first NSW local infection in a fortnight.
NSW Health is now investigating five locally acquired cases - four of which are from the northern beaches area - and contact tracing is ongoing.
Originally published as Stunning claim about Sydney COVID couple