Nineteen new cases of coronavirus in NSW as gym restrictions tightened

| 29.07,20. 01:16 PM |

Nineteen new cases of coronavirus in NSW as gym restrictions tightened

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed 19 new cases.(AAP: Bianca De Marchi)

Gym restrictions in NSW have been tightened after health authorities confirmed 19 new cases of coronavirus across the state.

Ten of today's cases were linked to the Thai Rock cluster in Wetherill Park, bringing the cluster's total to 85 confirmed cases.

Two of the cases were linked to the sister restaurant Thai Rock in Potts Point, bringing that venue's total to seven.

One staff member at the Apollo restaurant in Potts Point was also confirmed to have coronavirus, and one case was linked to the Crossroads Hotel cluster in Casula, bringing it to 57.

Three were linked to the funeral gatherings cluster near the Bankstown area, and two of the cases were returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.

There were 18,543 tests conducted over the reporting period.

NSW Health's Jeremy McNulty said he was "particularly worried about the Potts Point cluster" which has now grown to seven confirmed cases.  

"We are at a knife's edge, a critical point" Dr McNulty said.

"But the majority of cases so far are linked together which is fantastic news because it means we can help understand the transmission dynamics and the risk."

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has tightened restrictions on gyms, announcing all venues now require a permanent marshal at all times.

"All gyms need to have a COVID-marshal in place, including gyms who have a business model where no staff are present," she said.

Gyms and fitness centres will also have to register their COVID Safety Plan.

Ms Berejiklian said she would be further tightening current restrictions if NSW cases continued to increase.

"If we don't all do the right thing, we will go down the path of having more cases, then having to consider additional measures to reduce those cases.

"I ask everyone to think about the alternate scenario and what that would mean for our state."

Ms Berejiklian said she wanted to see the amount of businesses that had registered as COVID-safe to steeply increase in the state.

"If I walk into a venue and I'm not comfortable with how COVID safe that venue is, I'd leave. I expect patrons to do the same."

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today confirmed.

"From 1:00am Saturday, more hotspots will be declared and no one from Sydney will be allowed into Queensland," she tweeted.

When asked about the Sydneysider ban in Queensland, Ms Berejiklian indicated she had not been briefed by Ms Palaszczuk prior to the ban.

"That’s a matter for the Queensland Premier, but it would have been nice if she told me," Ms Berejiklian added this morning at a press conference.

Meanwhile, health authorities confirmed a staff member at a nail salon in a Westfield in Sydney's south worked for two days while infectious with coronavirus.

The confirmed case worked at ProfessioNail, located within the shopping centre at Hurstville on 22 and 23 of July.

South Eastern Sydney Local Health district confirmed the case was part of the funeral cluster in south-west Sydney.

"All close contacts of the confirmed case have been identified and directed to self-isolate for 14 days and casual contacts have been notified of the need to monitor for symptoms," deputy director Vicky Sheppeard said.

"There is no broader risk at Westfield Hurstville."

Eighteen pharmacy staff from St Vincent's Private Hospital have returned negative tests for COVID-19, after attending a Potts Point restaurant less than two weeks ago.

The group has been in self isolation after dining at the Thai Rock restaurant on Friday, July 17.

They will remain in isolation for a further three days as per the health advice.


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