New South Wales has recorded just three new local cases of COVID-19 but officials are yet to work out where they contracted the virus.
All are in Sydney’s west, with no additional cases on the northern beaches overnight.
Two of the new cases are under investigation while the third is a close contact of one of those cases.
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The state government is urging western Sydney residents from Greystanes, Auburn, Berala and Lidcombe with even the mildest of symptoms to get tested.
Parts of the New South Wales south coast are also on alert after two infectious people from Victoria visited Bega and Bermagui.
Their exact movements and where they contracted the virus are still under investigation.
Testing rates remained high with more than 32,000 thousand people coming forward in the 24 hours to 8pm Thursday.
It’s also been confirmed the cluster that emerged in Sydney’s inner west and two cases in Wollongong are linked to the cluster on the northern beaches.
But NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant says work is continuing on all those cases.
“So all those cases are linked, and investigations and contact tracing are trying to establish the epidemiological links, particularly to identify those missing links,” Dr Chant said.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian continues to reject calls to impose a city-wide lockdown in Sydney to get on top of the outbreak.
But she says it remains an option if the situation worsens.
“We always rely on the health advice, but if we get to a stage or if we feel that there is too many cases that are completely unlinked or unrelated or something pops out unexpectedly of course we will adjust our setting
“But from where we were a couple of weeks ago when the cluster was at, you know, quite large numbers to where we are today, the strategy in place is, we feel, working however we are always concerned when cases pop up which we can’t establish a link for at this stage and that’s why those cases in Western Sydney are a big concern for us.”
Police say they are generally quite pleased with the behaviour of people in Sydney on New Year’s Eve.
The CBD was largely a ghost town with revellers banned from the foreshore for the fireworks.
Officers responded to numerous reports of potential COVID breaches at homes across Sydney but found the majority to be false.
Police have expressed disappointment after a ‘very large’ crowd gathered in Villawood for a huge illegal fireworks display.
They are also investigating a large Air B’n B party in the Hills District with up to 30 people now facing fines.