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Greg Hunt issues passionate plea for people to STOP lying on their coronavirus contact tracing forms

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has pleaded for people to stop putting lives at risk by lying on coronavirus forms. 

Mr Hunt responded to reports that one in ten patrons in New South Wales give fake details when signing in to a restaurant or cafe.   

‘The simple act of providing your details is the least we can do, it’s about keeping ourselves safe but also all of our family and friends,’ he told Sunrise on Thursday.

Hospitality venues must note people’s names and phone numbers in a COVID Safe register when they attend the premises. 

These details are crucial in assisting with contact tracing in the event of a coronavirus outbreak. 

Mr Hunt said providing fake details was ‘obviously illegal’ and made contact tracing ‘incredibly difficult’. 

‘Right now each of us has this extraordinary gift, our actions can help save lives and protect lives or inadvertently risk the lives of others,’ he explained. 

The Health Minister urged any wrongdoers to consider the safety of their family and friends.  

‘I want to appeal to not just the fear of prosecution, but the highest instincts about saving lives and protecting lives,’ he said.   

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian also slammed the rule-breakers on Wednesday and said providing fake details was ‘the worst thing you can do.’  

‘If you don’t want to hand over your details that’s fine, stay home,’ Ms Berejiklian said.  

NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant has encouraged people limit their visits to restaurants, bars and cafes.

‘We’re advising people to really think about their gatherings, think about their social life over the next couple of weeks.

‘Just some small changes in their life, which really means the number of interactions people are having is decreased,’ Dr Chant said. 

NSW recorded a total of 12 new coronavirus cases on Thursday which were all linked to community transmission.   

Ten were locally acquired linked to known cases including one who had attended the Apollo Restaurant in Potts Point.

One had attended the Mounties club in Mount Pritchard and eight are household contacts of known cases.

Two cases are still under investigation, one is a man in his 20s from Sydney and the other is a teenager from Newcastle. 

The state is currently battling at least 104 active cases of coronavirus.   

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