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NSW records new coronavirus death and 17 cases as another Sydney venue closes

NSW Health workers conduct coronavirus testing outside the Crossroads Hotel on the outskirts of Sydney. Source: AAP

A man in his 80s connected to the Crossroads Hotel coronavirus cluster has died in NSW, taking the state's toll to 52.

An 83-year-old man linked to the Crossroads Hotel COVID-19 cluster in southwest Sydney has died, taking NSW's death toll to 52.

The man died early on Saturday, NSW Health said in a statement, as they recorded 17 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Friday.

Of those cases, one case does not have a known source and two remain under investigation, while three of the 17 cases were returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

Meanwhile, a pub in southwest NSW and its licensee have copped fines after taking "no steps" to comply with COVID-19 heath orders, and a popular venue on Sydney's Northern Beaches has been forced to shut after hosting a COVID-positive patron.

The Bavarian, a German restaurant and bar in Manly, on Saturday morning said a patron with coronavirus attended the venue on the afternoon of 24 July.

The venue will undergo deep cleaning on Saturday morning and reopen by midday, with NSW Health advising all people at the venue on the afternoon of 24 July to monitor for symptoms.

The Harpoon & Hotel Harry in Surry Hills, Matinee Coffee in Marrickville and Tan Viet in Cabramatta are among the other venues required to undertake deep cleaning in recent days.

A Temora establishment, meanwhile, was fined $5,000 and its licensee $1,000 for non-compliance with public health orders after police attended on Thursday.

Police said the pub had no sign-in book and "no steps had been taken" to comply with the ministerial directions designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant on Friday said authorities had this week found the COVID-19 link between the two Thai Rock restaurants at Wetherill Park and Potts Point - subsequently introduced to the nearby The Apollo restaurant.

The Thai Rock Wetherill Park coronavirus cluster is nearing 100 people, while the Potts Point cluster on Saturday jumped to 24 after new cases connected to The Apollo.

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.

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