COVID cases at NSW nightclub jump to 84 as warning issued ahead of Christmas

Another 60 people who attended a NSW nightclub have tested positive to coronavirus, with the venue becoming a superspreader site.

On Sunday, NSW Health confirmed 24 cases of the virus had been linked to The Argyle House in Newcastle.

That number spiked to 84 on Monday, with a number of cases likely to be the Omicron variant.

Anyone who attended the venue on December 8 from 9pm to 3am the next morning is considered a close contact and must get tested and isolate for seven days.

All 680 people who checked in at the site have been identified as close contacts.

On Monday, NSW recorded another 536 cases of COVID, nine of which were identified as being Omicron.

There are now 64 Omicron cases in the state, 17 of which were locally acquired.

“However, we do know that there are a number of tests that are pending for genomic sequencing and we are expecting those numbers to jump quite significantly as those tests are performed,” Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said on Monday.

There are currently 171 people being treated in hospital for COVID, with 24 in intensive care.

While authorities work to get on top of several major outbreaks, residents have been warned to be alert ahead of the festive period.

At least 46 patrons have tested positive to COVID after attending a trivia night at the Oxford Tavern in Petersham on November 30, while separate clusters have emerged at the Albion Hotel in Parramatta and Cult Nightclub in Potts Point.

Dr Chant said it was important for people to keep up COVID-safe practices ahead of the festive period.

“Please do not attend any function if you have any symptoms, however mild.

“If you have the opportunity to be selecting venues, choose outdoor venues or well-ventilated spaces, airy spaces as they’re more COIVD-safe.

“Also, we are asking that you consider doing a rapid antigen test before going out, even if you don’t have symptoms.”