“We are relieved to say this morning that there are not any further cases of community transmission,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

“There were more than 8000 people tested, notwithstanding it was over the weekend.  

“We are pleased about those numbers and encourage anybody with the mildest of symptoms to come forward.” 

The 47-year-old man works in security at two quarantine hotels, the Sofitel Hotel in Wentworth and the Mantra Hotel in Haymarket and worked while infectious.

NSW Health today confirmed the security guard tested positive to the UK strain with Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant saying the saying most likely became infected at the Sofitel hotel.

The Sofitel Wentworth Hotel, the site of a new case of community transmission of COVID-19 on 14 March, 2021. Photo: Brook Mitchell (Brook Mitchell)

He is the one locally acquired case recorded in today’s coronavirus figures.

NSW Health is currently reviewing CCTV footage of the man’s shift to establish a source point. 

Other overseas travellers quarantining on floor 11 of the Sofitel will now have their quarantine extended until March 23 while contact tracers establish the exact source of the infection.

State health authorities have also issued a series of health alerts for possible exposure sites around Sydney including a pancake house in Bexley now considered a high risk venue.

Pancakes on the Rocks in Bexley now considered a high risk venue after a positive case visited the cafe on Saturday. (Google Maps)

Anyone who attended the Pancakes On The Rocks at Beverly Hills on March 13 between 10.45 am to 12pm now considered a close contact and has been ordered to self-isolate for 14 days regardless of a negative test result.

9News understands the positive case has been removed from the Sofitel Wentworth hotel.

NSW is due to ease COVID-19 restrictions further this week after going 55 days with no community transmission before the security guard tested positive.

NSW has surpassed its initial goal of vaccinating 35,000 frontline health workers in the first three weeks of the rollout.

So far, over 37,000 people have received the jab with a further 80,000 people to be vaccinated over the next three-week period.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian receives the AstraZeneca vaccine at at St George Hospital in Kogarah on March 10, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Getty)

Almost half of those 80,000 will be receiving their follow-up or second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. 

Some 30,000 of those recipients will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine. 

As many as 99 vaccine hubs will be in operation in regional and rural NSW to vaccinate high-risk individuals and key health workers. 



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