New South Wales finds another FIVE new coronavirus cases including a patient at a busy Sydney hospital as Berala and Northern Beaches clusters grow
One case is linked to the Berala cluster and is a close contact of a previously reported case and two cases, from the Northern Beaches, are household contacts of each other and the source of their infections is under investigation.
A man who in his 40s who went to Mount Druitt Emergency Department on Saturday 9 January and his close household contact have also tested positive, with the source of their infections under investigation.
New South Wales has recorded five new local cases of coronavirus as Gladys Berejiklian warns the disease is ‘bubbling away in the community’
The hospital was closed for cleaning on Monday morning and has now re-opened.
Eleven cases were also recorded in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
There were only 14,738 tests reported to 8pm on Monday night, compared with the previous day’s total of 18,570, prompting calls for greater testing.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard asked multi-cultural families in Sydney to stick to the rules on family gatherings which are capped at five visitors to homes.
‘I call on community leaders in western Sydney to make sure that the various multicultural communities, our wonderful multicultural communities that make up this fabulous nation, get the message to their communities to stick to the limits at the moment, listen to the public health advice,’ he said.
‘I know it’s great to have large families around but it’s proved challenging in the last few weeks.
‘Please stick with five visitors to your house and also make sure that they understand, your community members understand they must talk to the public health officials and do their damnedest to remember who has been with them in previous weeks, because that makes it more empowered for public health officials to bring this virus well and truly to where we want it.’
Ms Berejiklian hit back at Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan who has called for greater restrictions in NSW to eliminate the virus.
‘The idea that you tick along with the virus and somehow that is a better model is wrong,’ he said on Tuesday.
Ms Berejiklian said elimination was not possible because Australians have to be allowed to return from overseas.
‘I don’t believe keeping your borders closed and inflicting pain and suffering on thousands of people is the way to go,’ she said.
‘But all of us have the aim of zero community transmission.’