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A coronavirus outbreak has been detected on Sydney's Northern Beaches, with 17 people now testing positive.
Thousands of residents in the area spent yesterday (17 December) in lines, trying to get themselves tested in the hope that health officials will be able to get on top of the cluster.
However, if it were up to Pete Evans, everyone would have stayed home.
Reacting to the photos of people standing in long queues for a Covid-19 swab, the Australian celebrity chef mocked them.
He wrote: "OUTBREAK ... 2 cases (with clown-face emojis). Can you see where this is heading again. Testing for the common cold? Do not get tested."
The post has appeared to have since been deleted.
New South Wales chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant says authorities are racing against the clock to make sure everyone gets tested and isolates at home.
It comes after track and trace experts said the cluster has been traced to the Avalon RSL Club on 11 December.
"Our working hypothesis is that someone at that RSL club was potentially the source of infection for a number of subsequent cases," she said. "So, it is critical that we identify any individuals that may be positive there."
Authorities have also highlighted the following areas, where coronavirus infections have been traced back to:
People who visited these locations at the specified times are urged to get tested, even if they have no symptoms, and isolate after.
Residents north of Sydney's Spit Bridge up to Palm Beach have been advised to work from home and friends and loved ones urged not to visit the Northern Beaches.
States and territories will be looking to see what happens with the outbreak in determining whether border restrictions need to be reinstated.
Featured Image Credit: Pete Evans/Instagram
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