Five new local COVID-19 cases recorded in NSW

NEW South Wales has recorded five new local cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced two were from Mount Druitt, the man who presented to the hospital over the weekend and a household contact.

There have been two additional cases in the Northern Beaches and another linked directly to the Berala cluster.


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11 new overseas cases also detected in hotel quarantine.

NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeremy McAnulty, said the two cases linked to the Northern Beaches, a man and woman in their 40s who are household contacts of each other, were still under investigation.

“This highlights the important for everyone in the Northern Beaches to maintain vigilance because we’ve seen now a couple of cases or so in the last several days of people in the Northern Beaches being diagnosed with COVID-19,” Dr McAnulty said.

“So particularly in that community, be very vigilant, come forward for testing if you have even the mildest symptoms.”

The Mount Druitt cases, a man and woman in their 40s, are also under investigation.

“Close contact have been identified, isolated and tested,” Dr McAnulty said.

The case linked to the Berala cluster was a woman in her 40s, who had been a known close contact and in isolation.

The woman had visited the BSW at the centre of the cluster on December 29.

There are a number of public health alerts now in place following the new cases across western Sydney and the Northern Beaches.

There were only 14,700 tests done in the last 24 hours, prompting calls from the Premier for more people to come forward for testing.

NSW Health wants to see at least 25,000 people being tested each day.

“We know it tends to dip down as a result of the weekend in the early days of the week but we really need to have higher testing levels if we are to combat the rumblings that are still going on,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We know that it takes some time to completely get to the target of zero community transmission after there has been an outbreak.

“But it’s  so critical that we raise those testing levels, 14,700 is not really enough for where we’re up to in the pandemic.”

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