Two men fined $15,000 after dodging isolation for participating in Newcastle Superspreader event

Two 20-year-old revelers have been fined a total of $15,000 over separation violations on the night of Newcastle’s superspreader event.

Newcastle has become the epicenter of NSW’s Omicron outbreak, following a party at Argyll House nightclub on 8 December, which has already reported more than 200 Covid-19 cases.

NSW police fined a 20-year-old man $10,000 on Thursday afternoon for allegedly violating instructions to isolate.

Police said the man was identified as a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case and was asked to isolate on December 8, but then attended the Argyll House event.

“It is understood he attended a licensed compound on Wharf Road later that evening, and also attended a private residence in Adamstown on December 11,” police said.

“He has since returned a positive test for Covid-19 and is currently self-isolating.”

Later on Thursday, police fined a second 20-year-old $5,000 for allegedly attending the same party while in isolation as a close Covid-19 contact.

Police said that the person has since tested positive Covid-19.

One of the men is believed to have attended a boat party on Sydney Harbor at least a week earlier, which created a slew of cases.

Health Minister Brad Hazard said a man with COVID-19 ignored health advice to self-isolate after a boat party and traveled to Newcastle to attend the Argyll House event.

“I believe the person was asked to self-isolate for seven days and that person apparently would not have done so and went to a nightclub in Newcastle,” Mr Hazard said. Said earlier this week.

NSW Health issued an alert on Friday morning for three other Newcastle exposure sites linked to at least 50 confirmed COVID-19 infections.

Health officials say it’s likely Omicron is a concern in many of these cases.

camera iconAt least one of the men attended a boat party on Sydney Harbor linked to an earlier COVID-19 outbreak. instagram Credit: supply

People should be monitored for symptoms and from 12.01 pm on December 11 at The Great Northern Hotel, on December 11 from 7 pm at the Finnegan Hotel, or on December 11 at the Cambridge Hotel from 7 pm or 6 pm on December 12 Should be checked by noon.

Officials are urging people in Newcastle to “seriously consider” avoiding social gatherings until after Christmas because of the outbreak.

NSW recorded its highest daily COVID-19 caseload on Thursday, with 1742 new infections confirmed across the state.

Of these, 633 new cases were identified in the Hunter New England Local Health District, which includes Newcastle and the surrounding area.

Rising cases have forced the cancellation of Newcastle’s Lunar Electric music festival, which was due to take place on Saturday.

“NSW Health recognizes that the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in the Newcastle area, where the majority of cases are of Omicron concern in record numbers, presents a huge risk to this weekend’s festival,” the Department of Health said on Thursday evening.

Despite rising cases, hospitalization and intensive care presentations are relatively low in NSW, with 192 Covid-19 patients in hospital and 26 in ICU as of Thursday.

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