NSW coronavirus restrictions to stay for gyms, authorities investigate 71yo who could have had virus for weeks

| 25.05,20. 02:52 PM |

NSW coronavirus restrictions to stay for gyms, authorities investigate 71yo who could have had virus for weeks

Three new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in NSW

Health authorities in New South Wales will conduct serology testing on a Sydney woman who may have had coronavirus for weeks but only had her infection confirmed yesterday.

The 71-year-old from the city's south east was one of three new COVID-19 cases confirmed in the state in the 24-hours to 8.00pm yesterday.

The state's chief health officer Kerry Chant said the woman needed a serology test — where antibodies in a blood sample are analysed — to determine when she had contracted the virus.

"We are undertaking some additional testing because we feel that she may well have had the disease for a while," Dr Chant said.

"We will certainly update the community if there is any threat where we feel that a group needs to be advised about actions they need to take specifically."

The total number of coronavirus cases in NSW is now 3,090.

Almost 4,300 people were tested for the virus in the 24 hours to 8.00pm yesterday.

Only one person in NSW is on a ventilator in an intensive care unit.

Despite the state's dwindling number of new coronavirus cases, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said there was no timeframe for gyms to reopen.

Social-distancing restrictions in NSW will be eased dramatically next week when non-essential regional travel is allowed and up to 50 patrons are permitted at a time in pubs, restaurants and cafes.

Beauty salons have also been cleared to reopen, but Ms Berejiklian said gyms would stay shut for the foreseeable future.

"Look we're still working with industry on that ... obviously frequent use of equipment at short intervals poses a health risk," she said.

"We are not in a position to make an announcement yet."

Over a week ago, the NSW Government gave the all-clear for public exercise equipment to reopen and outdoor boot camps and team sports to restart.

Swimming pools are also allowed to open.

Fitness Australia CEO Barrie Elvish said gyms should have been allowed to open sooner than pubs and restaurants.

"Because of the misguided belief gyms are high risk, the industry has a greater incentive than any other industry to make sure their facility and staff follow and enforce a strict COVID Safety Plan," he said.


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