NSW records another double-digit spike in local COVID-19 cases

Sydney’s COVID-19 outbreak continues to grow, but NSW authorities remain adamant a lockdown is not needed.

Another 11 locally acquired coronavirus cases have been recorded in NSW today, with Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall believed to be among those.

It’s understood Mr Marshall contracted the virus after dining at Christo’s Pizzeria in Paddington at the same time as a previously reported case linked to the Bondi cluster.


“This morning just after 8am I was formally advised by NSW Health that I had returned a positive test for COVID-19,” Mr Marshall said in a statement.

“I have been in isolation in Sydney since late Tuesday night, when I received a text message from NSW Health”.

As a result, all NSW MPs were this morning ordered to “stay put” until they received an update.

“If you are currently in Parliament House remain in Parliament House,” Government Whip Adam Crouch said in a staetement.

“If you are not in Parliament House, remain where you are”.

Most of the new cases recorded today are fortunately believed to have already been in isolation after being identified as close contacts.

However, there is one case of concern involving a man in his 40s who has not been linked to a known case or cluster.

“Urgent investigations are underway,” NSW Health said.

Another person who attended the West Hoxton birthday party, which has been described by health officials as a “super spreader event”, has also tested positive.

Of the 30 people at the party, 11 have now been infected, with all others tested and currently in isolation.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Premier Gladys Berejiklian admitted authorities are concerned about the unfolding situation.

“Can I say, that since the pandemic has started, this is perhaps the scariest period that New South Wales is going through,” the Premier said.

“Dr Chant and I are of equal view on that. It is a very contagious variant, but at the same time, we are at this stage comfortable that the settings that are in place are the appropriate settings, but that is so long as everybody does the right thing.”

The Premier said her level of concern at this stage is “medium to high”.

The total number of cases linked to Sydney’s eastern suburbs cluster now stands at 36.

More than 48,402 people came forward for testing in the past 24 hours, up on the previous day’s total of 44,640.

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