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Noel Cornish, vice commodor of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (pictured), and his wife Meg tested positive for the illness on Tuesday

Noel Cornish, vice commodor of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (pictured), and his wife Meg tested positive for the illness on Tuesday

A wealthy couple have been linked to the growing coronavirus clusters emerging at restaurants across Sydney’s affluent eastern suburbs.  

Noel Cornish, Vice Commodore of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, and his wife Meg tested positive for the highly contagious disease on Tuesday. 

The couple had visited the Thai Rock restaurant in Potts Point on July 17, where an outbreak appeared after a staff member unknowingly infected with the virus was working.

The Potts Point restaurant has the same owners as Thai Rock Wetherill Park, which is now linked to 85 cases. 

After the cluster popped up at the Potts Point restaurant, nearby restaurant The Apollo was closed for cleaning after a customer tested positive for COVID-10.

However, health authorities remained confused about how the two clusters were linked. 

That was until Mr and Mrs Cornish tested positive for the virus, revealing they had visited The Apollo on July 22.

The couple dined at the Thair Rock restaurant in Potts Point before attending The Apollo and the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Rushcutter's Bay

The couple dined at the Thair Rock restaurant in Potts Point before attending The Apollo and the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Rushcutter’s Bay

The couple had visited the Thai Rock restaurant in Potts Point on July 17

The couple had visited the Thai Rock restaurant in Potts Point on July 17

The couple later ate at The Apollo restaurant where another outbreak occurred

The couple later ate at The Apollo restaurant where another outbreak occurred

NSW health said it now believes ‘this links the two outbreaks’ between the Thai Rock restaurant and the Apollo. 

The couple had also spent time at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Rushcutter’s Bay which was alerted to the new cases on Tuesday. 

The prestigious member-only club, which is the home of the Sydney-Hobart annual sailing race, has been closed for deep cleaning and will remain closed until August 1.  

CYCA commodore Paul Billingham told the Australian Financial Review the couple were made aware of the COVID-19 outbreak by NSW Health on July 27 and were told to get tested.

They were among the 14 cases confirmed on Tuesday. 

‘The good news is that Noel and Meg are fine but, of course, will be housebound for at least 14 days or until they are cleared.’ 

NSW health has advised for anyone who visited the yacht club on July 23 between 6-7.30pm, July 24 between 3.30-5pm or July 26 between 4-5.30PM to monitor for symptoms. 

Customers who were at the Apollo from July 22 to July 25 have been urged to get tested. 

NSW Health’s Jeremy McNulty said the Pott’s Point clusters were concerning after the Thai restaurant cluster grew to seven on Wednesday. 

‘We are at a knife’s edge, a critical point.

‘But the majority of cases so far are linked together which is fantastic news because it means we can help understand the transmission dynamics and the risk.’

The couple had also spent time at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Rushcutter's Bay which was alerted to the new cases on Tuesday

The couple had also spent time at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Rushcutter’s Bay which was alerted to the new cases on Tuesday

A cleaner is pictured hard at work at the Cruising Yacht Club Rushcutter's Bay after two members test positive for COVID-19

A cleaner is pictured hard at work at the Cruising Yacht Club Rushcutter’s Bay after two members test positive for COVID-19

The prestigious member-only club, which is the home of the Sydney-Hobart annual sailing race, has been closed for deep cleaning and will remain closed until August 1

The prestigious member-only club, which is the home of the Sydney-Hobart annual sailing race, has been closed for deep cleaning and will remain closed until August 1

A notice hangs on the door of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the home of the famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race

A notice hangs on the door of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the home of the famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has said she is ‘extremely concerned’ over the growing clusters of coronavirus at Sydney restaurants. 

She begged Sydneysiders to ‘reduce their mobility’ to stop the spread of the disease during an appearance on the Today show.

Two of the cases were linked to the sister restaurant Thai Rock in Potts Point, taking the total to seven.  

There were 19 new coronavirus cases confirmed on Wednesday, 10 were linked to the Thai Rock cluster in Wetherill Park. 

Mr Cornish is a well-known Sydneysider, having worked as deputy chancellor University of Wollongong, chairman of Snowy Hydro Ltd, chairman of IMB Bank and national president of Ai Group.

He owns the yacht Sydney 47 St Jude and regularly competes in club races.

List of Sydney COVID-19 hotspots: 

Thai Rock Restaurant, Potts Point: Wednesday 15 July to Saturday 25 July

The Apollo, Potts Point: Wednesday 22 to Friday 25 July

Mounties, Mount Pritchard: Thursday 23 July between 12 midnight and 3am, Friday 24 July between 11am to 3pm and 8pm to midnight; Saturday 25 July midnight to 3am

St Brendan’s Catholic Church, Bankstown: Thursday 16 July – 6.30pm to 7.30pm, Saturday 18 July – 10am to 11am funeral

St Brendan’s Catholic Church, Bankstown: Thursday 16 July – 6.30pm to 7.30pm, Saturday 18 July – 10am to 11am funeral

Batemans Bay Soldiers Club: Monday 13 July, Wednesday 15 July, Thursday 16 July, Friday 17 July

Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Mount Pritchard: Sunday July 19 – 7.30am to 8.30am

Ausia Funeral Services, Fairfield East: Friday 17 July – 1pm to 8pm

St John of God Lawn, Rookwood: Saturday 18 July – 11.30am to 1pm burial

Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral in Harris Park: Wednesday 15 July – 5.30pm Mass, Thursday 16 July – 6pm Mass, Friday 17 July – 1pm funeral and 6pm Mass

Anytime Fitness Gym, Merrylands: Tuesday 14 July – 8.30pm to 10.30pm

Plus Fitness Campbelltown: 9am to 10am, Saturday 11 July

West Leagues Club Campbelltown: Friday 10 July 8pm to midnight, Sunday 12 July, midnight to 2.30am

Thai Rock restaurant in Wetherill Park: Thursday 9 July to Sunday 12 July, Tuesday 14 July

Crossroads Hotel Casula: Friday 3 July to Friday 10 July

Planet Fitness Casula: Saturday 4 July to Friday 10 July

Picton Hotel in Picton: Saturday 4 July, Sunday 5 July, Thursday 9 July, Friday 10 July

 

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