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NSW Health says COVID-19 transmission in pub settings is contributing to the state’s increase in cases, including outbreaks in three venues located in Sydney’s east, inner west and west.

“NSW Health is concerned about the increased transmission taking place in venues such as pubs, clubs, and party settings,” NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty said.

Dr Jeremy McAnulty of NSW Health.

Dr Jeremy McAnulty of NSW Health.Credit:Edwina Pickles

“The transmission in these types of settings is contributing to the increase in cases in NSW. We urge people not to attend any of these social functions or venues if you have any symptoms at all, even if mild.”

Anyone who attended the Golden Sheaf Hotel at Double Bay on November 20 between 2.30pm and 9pm or November 27 between 9.15pm and 1.15am the next day, or the Albion Hotel in Parramatta on December 5 from 4.30pm until close, is considered a casual contact.

Those who attended the Oxford Tavern at Petersham on November 30 between 4pm and 10.30pm, when a trivia night was held leading to at least 46 cases, is considered a close contact.

NSW Health today also confirmed approximately 90 people have been asked to isolate in their rooms at Noah’s Backpackers hostel on Campbell Parade in Bondi after one COVID-19 case was identified (though not suspected to be the Omicron variant).

The building was locked down yesterday and surrounded by police tape and officers and workers in personal protective equipment.

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District said residents are in isolation until they return a negative result. Test results are due back within 24 hours.

Dr McAnulty asked people to be “really vigilant” as Christmas approaches and gatherings are held with families, friends and colleagues.

“Getting together outdoors for group celebrations, where you can, is a good idea. If celebrating indoors, choose large, well-ventilated spaces with open doors and windows.”

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