NSW health authorities confirm 12 new coronavirus cases

| 04.08,20. 02:26 PM |


NSW health authorities confirm 12 new coronavirus cases



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Health authorities in NSW have confirmed 12 new coronavirus infections with some not currently traceable to known cases.

One of the 12 cases is a returned overseas traveller in hotel quarantine.

Three are household cases acquired in Victoria and there are eight locally acquired cases linked to known clusters.

One case is linked to the Thai Rock restaurant in Wetherill Park, while two are people who went to the Apollo restaurant in Potts Point.

Five others either went to Mounties at Mount Pritchard or are linked to people who attended the club.

Two Sydney schools have been closed for on-site learning today, after three cases of COVID-19 were confirmed.

One student at Bonnyrigg High School and two students at Greenway Park Public School, both in Sydney's west, have tested positive to the virus.

All staff and students have been asked to self-isolate while authorities conduct contact tracing.

The schools will be thoroughly cleaned and will be told today when normal classes are to resume.

Two out of the three school cases will be included in tomorrow's numbers — but all of them are linked to cases who went to Mounties at Mount Pritchard, NSW Health confirmed.

NSW chief health officer, Kerry Chant, said some cases were not currently traceable to known cases.

"While most cases in the past week have been associated with local clusters and close contact with known cases, some have not been linked to known cases, representing unknown chains of transmission in the community," she said.

"This is why we need your help to stop the spread of COVID-19."

Dr Chant urged people to wear masks in enclosed spaces where social distancing of 1.5 metres was not always possible.

"If you know that your bus is going to be crowded, if you know you're going into a shopping site that is very crowded, we ask you to wear a mask in those settings," she said.

Yesterday Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the state remained on high alert about community transmission of the virus as Victoria's cases continued to increase.

"No border is impenetrable … no matter how tough we are, so long as the virus is in and around us in Australia, there is a risk in NSW," she said.

Ms Berejiklian also encouraged people to wear masks if social distancing was not possible in any situation.

Of the known clusters across Sydney, 103 of the cases are associated with Thai Rock Wetherill Park, 58 with the Crossroads Hotel and 40 cases with the funeral events in Bankstown and surrounding suburbs.

There are 16 associated with Mounties in Mount Pritchard, and 28 with the Potts Point cluster.

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