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Oxford Tavern linked to Covid cluster amid Prime Minister and NSW Premier Bathurst 1000 Covid scare

A trivia night at a pub in Sydney's inner west has been linked to a Covid-19 cluster after 44 people tested positive for the virus. 

Residents who attended pub trivia at the Oxford Tavern in Petersham on November 30 between 4pm and 10.30pm are urged to get tested immediately and self isolate. 

Tests are now underway to determine if the flurry of positive cases are infected with the highly transmissible Omicron variant or the Delta strain.

A pub trivia night at the Oxford Tavern in Petersham (pictured) on November 30 has been linked to a Covid-19 cluster of 44 cases 

Sydney Local Health District said under current health rules, vaccinated close contacts can stop isolating on December 6 after a negative test. 

'If you are fully vaccinated, you can come out of isolation if you've had a negative test on or after December 6, but please have another test on December 12,' the health body advised.

'If you have not been fully vaccinated, please remain in isolation until December 12, and have another test on this date.'

The Oxford Tavern is currently closed for deep cleaning as staff get tested and enter isolation.

The venue plans to reopen its doors when workers can return on December 11.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) had fun during a visit to the pits before the start of the 2021 Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama, but now a Covid alert has been issued for the event

This comes as the Prime Minister and NSW Premier were caught up in a Covid-19 alert issued for the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama in NSW last weekend. 

Scott Morrison was campaigning at the racetrack for hours on Sunday as, spending time in race cars and talking to drivers and fans, all while unmasked.

Premier Dominic Perrottet was also at the event and told residents earlier this week 'It is time to go out and learn to live alongside the virus.'  

'I want people to go out and enjoy the best of what Sydney has to offer,' he told reporters on Tuesday before news of the Bathurst 1000 and trivia cases came to light.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet was also at the Bathurst 1000 but has been advised he is not a close contact

'I think it's great people going out and having a party again, enjoying their Christmas parties, so they should, that's the great aspect of our city.

'The alternative is to close down and keep closed forever, that's untenable, unworkable and won't be happening in our state.

'As we start to enjoy life again as we have in the past, people will contract Covid.'

While the NSW leader attended the famous V8 race, he was informed by health officials that he was not considered a close contact.  

'Obviously, for those people who have been to Bathurst and have symptoms, they need to get tested. And, if there is advice from NSW Health, then they need to follow that advice,' Mr Perrottet told reporters.    

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The areas affected are: 

Oxford Tavern at 1 Canterbury Road, Petersham, between 4pm and 10.30pm on Tuesday, November 30, 

Mount Panorama racetrack and McPhillamy Park campground all day until 7pm on both Saturday December 4 and Sunday December 5 

The Paddock campground, all day until 3pm on both Saturday December 4 and Sunday December 5 

Harris Park, Merchandise Alley, National Motor Racing Museum and the Inside Chase viewing area, all within the race track area, all day until 3pm on both Saturday December 4 and Sunday December 5.  

The alert issued by the Western NSW Local Health District affects both days of the event, Saturday and Sunday. 

It advises that 'Anyone who attended this venue should monitor for symptoms and get a Covid test and isolate if symptoms develop.' 

Mr Morrison was pictured enjoying himself at Mount Panorama on Sunday for about three hours, sitting in the driver's seat of a car, laughing and joking with drivers and meeting spectators.  

'The PM will follow the health advice,' Mr Morrison's office said on Wednesday. 

The Prime Minister was not the only star attraction at Bathurst on Sunday, however. 

A curious echidna caused chaos at the Bathurst 1000 by wandering on to the track and temporarily interrupting the racing in the annual Supercar spectacular.

The spiky native animal was close to being squashed by a car hurtling around a track at 300km/h in a situation Supercars legend Mark Skaife said was 'just madness'.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured centre) signed autographs at the Bathurst 1000 car race on Sunday, December 5, but a Covid alert has since been issued for the site

The echidna made it safely to the other side, and perhaps will choose a better place to cross next time

The famous race on Mount Panorama on Sunday was yellow flagged and the safety car deployed after the spikey ant-eater picked a very bad, and almost fatal, time to cross.

The echidna survived, but news on Sunday evening may have made Mr Morrison wonder if he will, when a poll showed 47 per cent of voters believe Labor will form the next government at an election expected in March or May.

Just 37 per cent expect the Coalition to be returned for a fourth term, the poll conducted for The Australian found.

Labor leads the two-party preferred race over the Coalition, 53 to 47 per cent, on a primary vote of 38 per cent.

The Coalition primary vote fell a point to 36 per cent while the Greens also lost a point to finish the year on 10 per cent.

Drivers had to swerve to avoid an echidna (pictured between the cars) at Bathurst

Pauline Hanson's One Nation improved a point to three per cent with other minor parties also gaining a point to 13 per cent.

Mr Morrison dropped a point as the preferred prime minister to 45 per cent and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese lost two points to 34 per cent while 19 per cent were uncommitted.

This is the first time Mr Albanese has enjoyed a lead in net approval since March last year.