Fears of a fresh coronavirus outbreak in Sydney as a hotel quarantine worker  who received his first jab tests positive – breaking the state’s 55-day streak of no local cases The person had worked in two Sydney hotels housing returned travellersThe case will be recorded in Monday’s figures as it was detected after 8pm Scott Morrison received his second Pfizer vaccination dose on Sunday morning

NSW health authorities are scrambling to prevent another coronavirus outbreak after a hotel quarantine worker in Sydney tested positive.

The worker’s positive test was reported on Saturday night, breaking the state’s streak of 55 days without a locally-acquired case.

The person had worked in two Sydney hotels housing returned international travellers.

Prime minister Scott Morrison said the worker received his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, but not his second. It takes up to two weeks for the jab’s full immunity.

‘I’m not disturbed by it, I’m not surprised by it because you would expect these things to happen on the odd occasion,’ he said.

The worker’s positive tests was reported on Saturday night, breaking the state’s streak of 55 days without a locally-acquired case

NSW Health said the emergence of the case ‘underscores the need for continued community vigilance for any signs and symptoms that could be Covid-19’

Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said it was ‘unusual’ for someone to catch coronavirus after getting the first jab, but no unexpected. 

‘This is not a silver bullet that is going to fix everything right away,’ he said alongside the prime minister.

Professor Kelly said a ‘small proportion’ of people may get ‘mildly sick’ in the unlikely event they caught the virus, but would not become seriously ill. 

Close contacts of the worker will be tested and health authorities are working to identify where the virus came from and who may have been exposed.

‘The source of the new infection reported overnight is under investigation and urgent genome sequencing is underway,’ Dr Stephen Conaty from NSW Health said. 

NSW Health said the emergence of the case ‘underscores the need for continued community vigilance for any signs and symptoms that could be Covid-19’.

‘It is critical that everyone continues to practise Covid-safe behaviours and that people come forward for testing if they have even the mildest of symptoms,’ a statement read. 

The case will be recorded in Monday’s figures as it was detected after 8pm on Saturday.  

Scott Morrison received his second Pfizer vaccination dose on Sunday morning. Pictured getting his first jab on February 21 

There were no locally-acquired Covid-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday, and three cases in travellers in hotel quarantine.

The tally came from more than 9,200 tests.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant will address the state at 1pm on Sunday with more details. 

Meanwhile, Scott Morrison received his second Pfizer vaccination dose on Sunday morning.

The prime minister joined 20 nurses, GPs, frontline workers, aged care staff and ADF personnel to receive their first dose on February 21.

It has now been three weeks – the recommended waiting time between jabs. 

NSW Health also said that anyone who has arrived in NSW from Queensland since March 11 should follow the Queensland government’s health advice, and avoid NSW aged care homes and hospitals until further notice.

Those who have entered NSW and attended the Brisbane venues on the health alert list should immediately self-isolate and contact NSW Health.

‘The emergence of these new cases underscores the need for continued community vigilance for any signs and symptoms that could be Covid-19,’ NSW Health said.

‘It is critical that everyone continues to practise Covid-safe behaviours and that people come forward for testing if they have even the mildest of symptoms.’

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