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Volunteer who helped search for Anthony ‘AJ’ Elfalak tests positive to Covid

Volunteer who helped in the dramatic search for ‘miracle boy’ AJ tests positive to Covid as family and friends of the toddler are urged to get tested


A volunteer who helped in the search for little Anthony ‘AJ’ Elfalak has tested positive to Covid.

Anybody who has been at the Yango Drive property in Putty, 150km northwest of Sydney, has been urged to get tested for the virus.

The volunteer is reportedly based at a monestary a street away from the home and has helped family, friends and volunteers search for the toddler since Friday.

Kim Grace, who owns nearby Grey Gums Cafe, told Daily Mail Australia she has since been told to get tested after serving members of the search party.

‘We’ve all been up there,’ she said. ‘It’s scary because we haven’t had Covid up here, not even in Singleton.’

Up to 400 volunteers, as well as media and relatives, have been at the home since Friday trying to help locate three-year-old AJ.

Little AJ is cuddled by his mother after spending three days in wet weather, freezing and scorching conditions lost in the remote property 

SES volunteers reunited AJ with his worried parents shortly before midday on Monday in a 'miracle' rescue

SES volunteers reunited AJ with his worried parents shortly before midday on Monday in a ‘miracle’ rescue

He was found on Monday less than 500m from the property, safe and well.

Ms Grace said she’d been serving customers who were assisting with the search all week, many of whom she didn’t recognise.

‘They were out of towners,’ she said. ‘A lot of them certainly weren’t from here, but some of them I’ve seen around before.’

Many of AJ’s loved ones had earlier claimed they lived at the Putty address and had not travelled from Covid hotspots in Sydney.

The Elfalak family only moved into the home permanently three months ago, reportedly to escape Covid.

AJ’s godfather Alan Hashem, who served as a spokesman for the family when the toddler disappeared, is the founder of anti-vaccine movement ‘Our Voices Matter’. 

Devastated locals are now calling on the government to investigate the volunteers and ensure any relatives or friends who travelled from Sydney are fined for breaching lockdown.

‘Ridiculous. Should have all stayed home and let the services do their jobs,’ one person said.

‘I hope everyone single one of them is fined now, if we have an accident or need ses help who will attend when they are all in isolation? they put their own father’s Day aside to help and now have to worry whether they took Covid home to their own families.’

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