New South Wales has recorded 12 new cases of COVID-19, including eight cases of community transmission.
Three of those had already been identified yesterday and four cases were in hotel quarantine.
“Five of those eight cases are from a known, existing cluster which Health has been able to establish,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters on Thursday.
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“The remaining three cases of community transmission are all linked, and that source is being investigated by Health.
“Health has not ruled out also being able to establish a link between that new cluster of three people and also an existing cluster.
It’s also important to note that we anticipate during the day there will be additional venues, additional locations, which we’ll be asking the public to respond to.
“We anticipate that because we’ve identified these eight cases, that a number of close contacts and family members could be found to be positive as a result, so it’s really, really important for everybody to stay on high alert, look at the information which Health provides during the course of the day.
“Do not take this lightly. We need to get on top of this.”
12 new cases of #COVID19 were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.
Of the 12 new cases:
– 4 are returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine
– 8 are locally acquired (3 of these cases were announced to the public yesterday, and are included in today’s numbers) pic.twitter.com/NKLXGKmJlv
— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) October 8, 2020
NSW Chief Health Officer Doctor Kerry Chant said NSW Health is looking at two clusters.
“Our investigations are ongoing and at this stage we can’t preclude there may be subsequent links between the clusters,” she said.
Dr Chant also issued a health alert for anyone who may have dined at Ripples Restaurant in Milsons Point on Saturday 3 October, from 8:00pm to 10:30pm.
“All diners were in this restaurant at that time are considered close contacts,” she said.
“We have had difficulties in ascertaining everyone who was at that venue so we are working through that.
“We’re obviously looking at accessing credit card records as well. They have got some booking details. And we’re pursuing that.”
An alert has also been sent out Macquarie University which will undergo a deep clean.
The news puts serious doubt over when Queensland will re-open its borders to residents from New South Wales.
Queensland has named November 1 as the possible re-opening date, provided its southern neighbour had gone through 28 days of zero community transmission.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk couldn’t rule in or out whether the plan was still going ahead and said authorities would be watching NSW Health tracing efforts over the next 24 hours.