NSW reports 10 new coronavirus cases as Sydney CBD cluster grows

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NSW health authorities have reported 10 new cases of coronavirus, including four linked to known clusters. Three are linked to the CBD cluster, bringing the total to 64 and one is a contact of a previously reported case, a woman in her 30s from southwestern Sydney. Four of the new […]

NSW health authorities have reported 10 new cases of coronavirus, including four linked to known clusters.

Three are linked to the CBD cluster, bringing the total to 64 and one is a contact of a previously reported case, a woman in her 30s from southwestern Sydney.

Four of the new cases are overseas travellers in hotel quarantine and two are under investigation. These cases include a man in his 40s from northern Sydney and a child from western Sydney.

Two of the new cases attend Year 7 at Kincoppal Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart and one of today’s new cases attends Lidcombe Public School. Both schools have closed for cleaning.

One of today’s cases attended Hyde Park Medical Centre, with staff and some patients at Hyde Park Medical Centre in Liverpool Street advised to isolate and get tested.

Other patients who attended the centre’s physiotherapy, pathology, dermatology and dental practices and pharmacy on the ground floor between 24 August and 5 September must watch for symptoms.

Another of today’s cases is a health professional who worked while potentially infectious at Concord Hospital emergency department on 1 September from 2pm to midnight and at Liverpool Hospital emergency department on 3 September from 8am to 6pm.

The figures come after the state recorded five new coronavirus cases on Saturday from more than 30,000 tests, including four linked to the City Tattersalls Club gym cluster.

NSW Health has also issued health alerts for Kuleto’s Cocktail Bar in Newtown on 28 August, Bondi Platinum Fitness First on 31 August and Randwick Fitness First from 30 August to 1 September after they were visited by confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Six COVID-19 cases in NSW are in intensive care, with four ventilated.

Victoria reported 63 new coronavirus cases on Sunday and five new deaths as Premier Daniel Andrews revealed the government’s roadmap to reopening the state.

Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd said Sunday would be a hard Father’s Day for many who would be separated from their dads because of health measures.

NSW Health advised against visiting fathers in aged care homes in Sydney, Blue Mountains or Central Coast on Sunday.

“We understand this will be difficult for many families on Father’s Day, however our priority is to prevent the spread of the virus into the most vulnerable people in the community,” Dr Christine Selvey said.

Queensland’s refusal, along with Tasmania and Western Australia, to endorse a national code that would deem agricultural work an essential service, is causing political friction.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the code was crucial for Australia’s agricultural sector now a bumper harvest had succeeded years of drought.

She again implored Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to revise her hardline position on borders, saying Australia’s eastern states are “inextricably linked”.

NSW will forge ahead with the code, working with Victoria, South Australia and the Commonwealth to allow agricultural workers to move freely between the southeastern states.

Meanwhile, anti-lockdown protesters have to fork out $1000 each after police fined 81 people who attended rallies in the Sydney CBD, western Sydney’s Olympic Park and at Byron Bay in northern NSW.

Police arrested 14 people mostly for disobeying health directions and two people for with assaulting police officers.

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your state’s restrictions on gathering limits.

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. News and information is available in 63 languages at https://sbs.com.au/coronavirus

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