NSW records spike in new virus cases as school cluster grows

New South Wales has recorded a rise in new coronavirus cases, with a further 22 infections in the past 24 hours.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said four of those are in hotel quarantine, while two acquired the virus in Victoria.

She also confirmed that eight are linked to the Tangara School for Girls in Sydney’s Cherrybrook, taking that growing cluster to 17.


Ms Berejiklian said the state was in a “daily battle” to keep transmission in NSW under control.

“It’s a daily battle in New South Wales, we have to be on our toes, we are in a state of high alert,” the Premier said.

“My anxiety has not subsided in relation to what a knife’s edge NSW is on but we need to keep pulling together, doing the right thing, and keep maintaining our social distance and most importantly, even with the mildest symptoms stay home and get tested.”

Ms Berejiklian told reporters on Tuesday that she expected the cluster at the Sydney school to grow, and urged all schools across NSW to stop extra curricular activities in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.

“You cannot undertake those activities you would do outside of a pandemic… whether it’s onsite gatherings, whether it’s mingling between students and others in extra curricular activities,” the Premier said.

“Extracurricular activities, excursions, and overnight things which ordinarily you would do are not acceptable during a pandemic and I cannot make that message stronger.”

She again urged people to be more mindful of their actions and movements.

“I’m absolutely paranoid about what I do myself, the worst thing to be would be unintentionally give it to others,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“I don’t want people living with the guilt of passing on the disease or causing the spread… All of us need to be on guard, and we can’t pretend that it won’t affect us.”

Worryingly, Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the source for the outbreak at the Tangara School for Girls remains unknown, however he confirmed “all appropriate procedures are being taken”.

“It’s not always possible to determine the source and that’s what worries us most,” he said.

“Every one of us should treat everyone else as if they have COVID.”