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Three schools in western Sydney are shut down as four students test positive for COVID-19 

Three schools have been closed and cleaning is underway in Sydney’s west after four students tested positive to COVID-19.

NSW Health on Friday said two of the students attended Cerdon College in Merrylands, one attended Mary Immaculate Catholic Primary School in Bossley Park and another is from Freeman Catholic College at Bonnyrigg Heights.

All cases are associated with the Thai Rock cluster, with two also linked to Our Lady of Lebanon church.

The schools are currently closed while contact tracing and cleaning is underway with close contacts also directed to self-isolate for 14 days.

It comes as new COVID-19 measures have come into effect for hospitality venues in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.

The changes include mandatory sign-ins, prepared COVID-safe plans, a cap of 300 people and maximum group bookings of 10. 

Caps on private indoor and outdoor gatherings remain at 20, but weddings and corporate events are now capped at 150, and funerals and religious gatherings at 100. 

Seven new cases of COVID-19 were reported in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday from a record 36,169 tests, with three people currently in intensive care.

Of the seven, six are associated with the Thai Rock restaurant in southwest Sydney’s Wetherill Park – taking the size of that cluster to 52.

The other case remains under investigation.

NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty said a previously-confirmed COVID-19 case had visited Costco supermarket at Marsden Park on July 19. Any Costco shoppers on that date have been encouraged to seek testing if symptoms develop.

The Crossroads Hotel cluster in Casula remains at 56 people.

‘Key messages for the community are to avoid non-essential travel and gatherings. Of particular concern is transmission in venues such as hotels and restaurants, the gym and social gatherings,’ Dr McAnulty said in a statement on Friday.

The four students who tested positive to COVID-19 were not included in Friday’s numbers. 

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