Sydney’s coronavirus hotspots have been revealed as health authorities urge residents to get tested as soon as possible, even for mild symptoms.
New South Wales recorded 12 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, with just one infection in hotel quarantine.
Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said people living in Sydney’s west and south-west need to come forward for testing due to the proliferation of cases in those districts.
‘The areas I am particularly urging the community to come forward is in south-western Sydney and western Sydney, the local government areas of Cumberland, Parramatta, Fairfield, Bankstown, Liverpool and Campbelltown,’ Ms Chant told reporters.
‘I would urge the community with the most mild of symptoms to come forward for testing.’
Of the 12 new cases lodged on Wednesday, just one was locally acquired from an unknown source, one from overseas quarantine and ten were linked to known clusters.
‘We are very concerned about the unlinked cases,’ Ms Chant said.
‘We are concerned there may be chains of transmission we are yet to detect.’
Ms Chant told NSW residents to avoid or reduce social gatherings over the next few weeks, to reduce the chances of coming near infected people.
‘Just some small changes to their life which really means the number of interactions people are having is decreased,’ she said.
‘It means their likelihood of transmitting it to someone else is reduced.’
Of the ten new infections linked to known clusters, two were from the Thai Rock restaurant in Wetherill Park in Sydney’s west, and six infections are associated with the funeral gatherings cluster.
The other two positive tests are linked to the Apollo restaurant in Potts Point, causing fears the inner-city outbreak will continue to grow.
There are now 105 cases associated with Thai Rock Wetherill Park cluster and 30 connected to the Potts Point outbreak, including 24 cases linked the Apollo restaurant and six linked to Thai Rock restaurant at Potts Point.
NSW Health said there are 113 active coronavirus cases across the state and nine patients are receiving treatment in intensive care, with six on ventilators.
There were 22,087 tests conducted over 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday, compared to 12,876 the previous day.
An alert has been issued for Kids Learning Academy in Busby, in Sydney’s south-west, after a confirmed coronavirus case visited the venue on July 29 while infectious.
The case is a child of a previously reported infection, linked to Mounties in Mount Pritchard.
Kids Learning Academy has been closed for deep cleaning and contact tracing is underway.
Two students from Greenway Park Public School and one pupil from Bonnyrigg High School, which were reported as cases on Tuesday, were confirmed in Wednesday’s case numbers.
The three students are linked to the growing Mounties Club cluster in Mount Pritchard.
Both schools in Sydney’s south-west reopened on Wednesday after closing on Tuesday for deep cleaning.
The 12 new cases in NSW came as Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk declared the whole state and the ACT to be a COVID-19 hotspot and closed the border to NSW residents from 1am on Saturday.
‘In NSW we are continuing to see cases hatch each day and this is of great concern to Queensland,’ she told reporters.
‘We have seen that Victoria is not getting better and we’re not going to wait for NSW to get worse. We need to act.’