New South Wales has recorded 20 new cases of coronavirus with Premier Gladys Berejiklian warning the state is facing a crucial moment in the fight against COVID-19.
Three of the new cases are linked to the Crossroads Hotel in Casula with that cluster growing to 48.
Eight cases are linked to the Thai Rock restaurant at Wetherill Park while four cases are associated with the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club on the south coast.
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Four of the positive tests involve returned travellers in hotel quarantine while one person has been diagnosed with COVID-19 after returning from Victoria.
The Premier said while the number of new cases has increased slightly, officials still have things under control for now.
“The one positive to take out of those 20 cases is every single one of those is from a known source. Whilst I remain incredibly concerned, that is one positive takeout that all of the cases now are from known sources, which means that people are taking advice and we need them to continue to do that,” Ms Berejiklian said.
The Premier says it’s now more important than ever for people to stick to the restrictions, maintain social distancing and get tested if any symptoms develop.
“We encourage everybody to limit their behaviour and activity in the next few weeks, especially around large crowds, whether it is going about your daily business or whether it is hoping to socialise with others. Please limit your exposure.
“The next few weeks are critical for New South Wales. Under the circumstances, we are holding the line, under the circumstances, we are doing OK, but it hasn’t reduced my level of stress or concern.
“I am as stressed and concerned as I was 10 days ago and two weeks ago and I do not want us to go down a track where we see suddenly a doubling or tripling of cases.”
There are 96 people being treated by New South Wales Health while two are currently are in intensive care.
One of those is a person in their 30s which New South Wales Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant says is a warning to everyone.
“I think it always is important to highlight that because often we tend to say, ‘this disease affects the elderly’ and it does on average, but there will still be young people that are impacted and it is a call-out to everyone to take COVID-19 very seriously,” Dr Chant said.