NSW has recorded 24 new local cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 17 of which are linked to previously confirmed cases.
The remaining seven cases are unlinked and urgent investigations are underway into the source of their infections.
Alarmingly, only about half of today’s new cases were in isolation, meaning the rest were out and about in the community while potentially infectious.
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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that is “cause for concern” and has urged residents to take the lockdown seriously and stay at home.
“We can’t afford to have people continue to have the virus going about their business,” she said.
“People going about their business, shopping and interacting with others is causing the virus to continue to circulate.
“We can’t allow that to happen. In too many examples we are seeing workers who are leaving the house with symptoms or going to work with symptoms and then inadvertently as they are going about shopping or other activity, they are passing it onto others.
“So it’s really important for us to stress that where you can do your shopping online, where you can, don’t go to places where there are lots of other people because the virus is still circulating in the community”.
Of today’s new cases, one is a second nurse who works at Fairfield hospital, Royal North Shore hospital and Royal Ryde Rehabilitation Hospital, however they are not believed to have worked while infectious.
The original nurse’s household contact and another close contact have also tested postitive.
“We know that one of her other contacts works at an aged-care facility in Summit Care in Baulkham Hills,” Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said.
“I was very pleased to be advised that around 135 out of the 149 residents at Summit Care were vaccinated.”
Two new cases have also been linked to the West Hoxton birthday party cluster, bringing the total number of cases acquired through the party to 41.
While another new case has been linked to the popular Joh Bailey hair salon in Double Bay, taking the total number of cases connected to the salon to 13.
Health alerts have been issued for two Sydney shopping centres.
“Anyone who was at the Pacific Square Shopping Centre in Maroubra between June 23 and June 27 must get tested immediately and isolate if they have even the mildest symptoms,” NSW Health said.
The same applies to anyone who attended Westfield Eastgardens between midday and 2.30pm on Friday 25 June.
Pleasingly, there were more than 59,941 people in NSW who came forward for testing in the past 24 hours, compared with the previous day’s total of 68,220.