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Supermarkets, bank among Sydney’s new exposure sites

Sydney’s list of COVID-19 exposure sites continues to grow.

Anyone who attended the Commonwealth Bank at Roselands Shopping Centre, in the city’s south-west, during the following times is considered a close contact:

  • Between 8am and 5pm on Monday, June 28
  • Between 8am and 5pm on Tuesday, June 29
  • Between 8am and 3.30pm on Wednesday, June 30

In NSW, close contacts must immediately get tested, isolate for 14 days regardless of the result and call health authorities on 1800 943 553 unless already contacted.

Other venues of concern listed late last night include the Coles at Westfield in Parramatta, the Country Growers on Church Street in Parramatta and a construction site in Toongabbie (in Sydney’s western suburbs).

For a full list of venues and exposure windows, visit the NSW Health website.

Woolies offers pop-up vaccination clinics

Large workplaces could begin vaccinating their own staff from September, the same time the vaccination rollout also opens up to younger Australians, as the new COVID-19 taskforce boss works on an updated rollout plan.

Business groups will meet with the Commonwealth to discuss the vaccine rollout on Wednesday, with Woolworths offering space for public pop-up clinics in regional shopping centres and other distribution facilities.

Businesses will be able to start vaccinating staff in a few months.Credit:AP

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Today’s headlines at a glance

Good morning and thanks for your company. It’s Wednesday, July 7. I’m Broede Carmody.

It’s set to be a busy day today, with more than 5 million residents of Greater Sydney waiting for NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to formally announce a lockdown extension.

Here’s everything you need to know.

  • NSW health authorities have urged an extension of Greater Sydney’s stay-at-home orders until July 16. Sydney schools are expected to move to remote learning when students return from holidays on Monday. NSW recorded 18 new cases of COVID-19 in the community yesterday, including more at an aged care facility in Sydney’s western suburbs. NSW Health has also apologised after more than 150 year 12 students at an exclusive boarding school were given Pfizer vaccinations (which are currently not widely available to under-40s).
  • In Victoria, Formula One fans are mourning the loss of yet another Australian Grand Prix. However, the Andrews government says the grand prix will be the last major sporting event in Victoria to be cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The state government is banking on all Australians being offered a COVID-19 vaccine by January, in time for the Australian Open.
  • NRL player Paul Vaughan has lost his job after police broke up an illegal house party at his property in NSW over the weekend. He has apologised, labelling his actions “stupid, unexplainable and irresponsible”.
  • And Australian tennis star Ash Barty is through to the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time after beating fellow Australian Ajla Tomljanovic.
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