Crossroads Hotel coronavirus cluster grows to 21 as the deadly disease spreads in Sydney

Twenty-one coronavirus cases have been linked with the Crossroads Hotel in south-west Sydney. 

Ten are people who went inside the pub, which is a popular rest stop for truckies, and 11 are their close contacts.

Fourteen of the cases have already been reported while seven new ones were identified between 8pm on Sunday and 12pm on Monday. 

Twenty-one coronavirus cases have been linked with the Crossroads Hotel (pictured) in south-west Sydney

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said her teams are still working on finding ‘patient zero’ – but it’s believed someone from Victoria brought the virus into the state. 

She said: ‘It’s a pivotal part of the investigation as to whether these cases can be linked to any travellers from Melbourne because that gives us comfort we are not missing another avenue of transmission.

‘The hypothesis as this could have been introduced through contact in Victoria, but we have to remain open-minded. 

‘What’s most important is we don’t go down one path without keeping a very open mind. 

‘It is premature for me to conclude, how this came about. I need a few more days to do the relevant testing.’ 

A south-western Sydney woman in her 40s and a man in his 40s who had dinner at the hotel on 3 July have tested positive. Pictured: Testing on Monday

It comes as Victoria records 177 new cases, the first time in three days the new daily total has been under 200. 

NSW Government Minister Stuart Ayres on Monday said he didn’t think his state’s virus outbreak was getting out of control, but it was important that Crossroads visitors get tested.

‘I think we’re in a pretty good place at the moment, but we are at the crossroads,’ Mr Ayres told Seven’s Sunrise.

‘I know it’s a pun that everyone wants to use at the moment, but there’s probably never been a more symbolically named hotel than where we sit right now.

‘This particular hotel is located at the juncture of the M7 and the M5, it’s a big traveller’s hotel, which is why if anyone’s been in that location it’s so important that they go and get tested immediately.’

Werriwa MP Anne Stanley said she had been tested and gone into self-isolation after dining at the Crossroads Hotel last week.

A Victorian man in his 20s who had dinner at the hotel on 3 July and a Sydney man in his 20s who had dinner at the hotel on 3 July have also been diagnosed. Pictured: Testing on Monday

In an Instagram post on Sunday, the federal MP said her office would be closed as a precaution with all staff working from home.    

Planet Fitness said in a statement on Sunday: ‘The member has not been at the club since Friday, 10 July and is in quarantine.

‘Additionally, our team members are in self-quarantine as instructed by their doctor, as a precaution because of contact with the patient. Currently, the team members are reporting no symptoms.’

Meanwhile, defence force staff at the RAAF base in Wagga Wagga were placed in lockdown after some visited the pub in Casula.

The 13 personnel were part of a larger group on their way to help patrol the NSW-Victoria border. They are now in isolation at the base.  

No cases have been confirmed at the base. 

The COVID-19 drive through testing clinic at The Crossroads Hotel was busy on Monday morning

The newly identified people who caught the virus at the pub include south-western Sydney teenager who worked at the hotel on several days including 3 July. Pictured: Testing on Monday 

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