New South Wales has recorded another 19 coronavirus cases as fears of a second wave sweeping across the state continues to grow.
Most of the new cases have been linked to known Sydney clusters, with three new cases at the Crossroads Hotel and nine at the Thai Rock restaurant.
One new case from the Thai Rock cluster is a child who attended Tomaree Public School.
Another case associated with the Thai Rock cluster is a one-year-old who attends Goodstart Early Learning in Port Stephens.
Both schools were closed on Friday while contact tracing and cleaning is underway.
Of the new cases, three are still under investigation. Three new cases are returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
One new case was a South Western Sydney resident who acquired their infection in Victoria and has been self-isolating since arriving in NSW.
There are now 56 cases associated with the Crossroads Hotel cluster, 46 cases associated with the Thai Rock restaurant and eight cases associated with the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club.
While most cases have been linked to known clusters, community transmission continue and NSW Health is calling on people across the state to redouble their efforts to stop the virus spreading.
A new three lane drive through clinic will open at Tomaree Sports Complex, 20 Aquatic Cl, Nelson Bay, on Thursday afternoon as cases continue to rise.
The clinic will operate from 8am to 4pm seven days, however hours will be extended as required to meet demand.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard warned residents not to get complacent, maintain strict social distancing and get tested with even the slightest symptoms.
He has also urged Sydneysiders to avoid a Black Lives Matter protest planned for Sydney this weekend as the number of cases continues to rise.
‘Now is not the right time to have people on the streets and intermingling with each other…now is the time to be cautious.’
The new figures come as Victoria records its third-worst day for daily infections since the pandemic began with 403 cases reported.
The state also saw five more deaths due to the virus.
The number trails behind only Wednesday’s record figure of 484 cases and the 428 infections confirmed by Premier Daniel Andrews last Friday.
Mr Andrews said four of the deaths in the state over the past 24 hours were people who were in aged care – while one was a man aged in his 50s.
The continued spike in cases comes as Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Thursday morning she would not rule out extending its ban on travellers from Sydney’s COVID-19 hotspots to all residents from the Harbour City.
Queensland could also declare a complete ban on travel from New South Wales if cases keep climbing, sources told The Gold Coast Bulletin.
The police source said more Sydney hotspots would inevitably be declared by authorities in Queensland.
Ms Palaszczuk has already banned anyone travelling from the Sydney local government areas of Liverpool and Campbelltown from entering Queensland.
‘There is no way more hot spots are not going to be declared, and all of Sydney would definitely be a consideration given what’s happening down there,’ a police source said.
‘If the situation continues to deteriorate, I honestly don’t see how we wouldn’t look at closing the border entirely.’