NSW records 22 new local cases as Bondi cluster balloons to 160

NSW has recorded another 22 local COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

All of the new cases are linked to known infections and half of those were already in isolation.

However, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has warned at least 11 cases were in the community while infectious.


“Five of them were in isolation for part of the time they were infectious, but six of those were still infectious in the community for a number of days,” Ms Berejiklian said.

The Premier described the escalation of cases in the state as rising at a “steady rate”.

“To date our fears about huge escalation haven’t materialised and we certainly want to keep it that way,” Ms Berejiklian said, adding that the lockdown is working.

“Whilst venues of concern have increased overnight, we are also expecting that to taper off,” she said.

“If people are staying indoors unless they absolutely have to, then those venues of concern will reduce in coming days.

“What we want to see moving forward in terms of positive trend is a higher proportion of people in isolation for the full time of their infectiousness.

“That is something our health experts will be looking at.”

Of today’s new cases, four are linked to the West Hoxton birthday party, bringing the total number of cases acquired through the “super-spreader” event to 39.

Another case has also been linked to the popular Joh Bailey hair salon in Double Bay, taking the total number of cases linked to the salon to twelve.

Meantime, Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant has revealed a new case came in after the 8pm deadline and will be included in tomorrow’s numbers.

The new case is a student nurse who worked in several wards across two Sydney hospitals before testing positive to the virus.

Dr Chant said the 24-year-old woman worked while infectious for at least “five days” at Fairfield Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital.

“The source of this patient is not clear at that stage…We do know that a household member is positive and we’re also testing another household member, and we’re doing repeat testing on that other household member,” Dr Chant said.

Contact tracers are currently working to identify everyone the nurse has come into contact with.

“Immediately staff who had contact with the student nurse were identified and ensured that they were not on duty,” Dr Chant said.

“Testing was arranged. We ensured that discharged patients were contacted and testing set about for those.”

NSW Health has confirmed that 160 cases have now been linked to the Bondi cluster, making it the largest ever seen in the state.

“There have been 171 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case of the Bondi cluster, a driver who transported international flight crew, was reported. Of these, 160 are now linked to the Bondi cluster,” NSW Health said.

More than 68,220 people in NSW came forward for testing in the past 24 hours.