The number of people who contracted coronavirus linked to a wedding on the New South Wales South Coast earlier this month has risen to 35.
Six confirmed cases emerged earlier this week from the gathering at Tumbling Waters Retreat, Stanwell Tops, on March 6.
It is understood the cases may have been connected to travel from the United States.
Cases spread interstate
In a statement, NSW Health said it was also working with other states and territories to notify attendees.
“To midday on March 19, there have been 26 NSW residents who attended the wedding who have been diagnosed with COVID-19,” it said.
“There are another four people, NSW residents with COVID-19 who are close contacts of wedding attendees with COVID-19.
“NSW Health is aware of another five people with COVID-19 who attended the wedding but live interstate.”Coronavirus update: Follow all the latest news in our daily wrap
Sally Hawach, the daughter of advertising mogul John Singleton, said she and her husband, Pierre, tested positive for coronavirus after attending the wedding.
Ms Hawach, who is pregnant, said it was almost seven days before she was tested and was worried she had infected others.
“During that week I didn’t feel sick, but I probably had it and could have spread it.
“I had to go through and call everyone; luckily there wasn’t too many people, but it’s an awful thing to have to say to people, ‘Oh, you may have been in contact with it’, to think that they may have passed it on to somebody elderly or sick.”
All staff tested negative
In a statement posted on Instagram on Friday, the luxury retreat said all staff who worked at the function were in good health and so were their families.
“They are due to come out of self-isolation today as recommended by NSW Health,” it said.
“The staff that were eligible for testing for the COVID-19 virus, all tests returned negative. Not positive. Not contagious.”
A pregnant woman and member of parliament are among 31 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus after attending a wedding.
Scott Maggs, 37, and Emma Metcalf, 36, tied the knot in front of about 140 guests at Tumbling Waters Retreat, south of Sydney, on March 6.
Memories of their fairy tale ceremony have been overshadowed by the health crisis.
The couple say they first learned their wedding became a hotbed for the virus while honeymooning in the Maldives.
They received a text confirming two of their guests had tested positive for COVID-19.
The bride and groom (pictured) have contacted all their guests, most of whom were from Sydney, informing them they may need to be tested if they are displaying symptoms
There have been at least 710 coronavirus cases diagnosed in Australia since late January – and that number is expected to rise
Days later that number rose to six, with Andrew Bragg, a Liberal Senator for New South Wales, and Sally Hawach, the daughter of advertising guru John Singleton, among the new cases.
Now 14 days on, 35 cases have been linked to the ceremony, plus an additional four people who were in close contact with guests shortly afterwards.
Carriers may not start to experience any symptoms of the virus for up to two weeks after initial infection.
The couple have returned from the Maldives and are awaiting test results while in self isolation.
Other guests at the wedding, as well as staff and servers, have also self isolated.
New South Wales Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant confirmed 21 of the infected guests live in NSW, while another five are from interstate.
He likely caught the deadly infection at the wedding of Scott Maggs, 37, and Emma Metcalf, 36, at the Tumbling Waters Retreat, south of Sydney on 6 March. Pictured: The wedding
Wedding guest Sally Hawach, pictured left with her advertising guru father John Singleton, has been diagnosed with Covid-19, along with her lawyer husband Pierre Hawach. Andrew Bragg (pictured right), a Liberal Senator for New South Wales, attended the same wedding on 6 March and also caught the virus
Other guests were believed to have travelled internationally, including some from the United States, who may have been carrying the virus, according to Sydney Morning Herald.
Pregnant mother-of-three, Ms Hawach, and her husband both went into quarantine at their Hills District home, in Sydney’s north west, shortly after the wedding when they fell ill.
Ms Hawach is currently 30 weeks pregnant and the couple already have a two-year-old and one-year-old.
She is concerned she may have passed the illness onto her youngest child.
‘My 1yo is showing signs of COVID also and is extremely sick,’ she told her Instagram followers on Wednesday.
When the couple (pictured) were on their honeymoon they were told two guests had the illness and this number quickly rose to six – and now seven – cases