NSW residents urged to 'remain on high alert' as funeral, restaurant clusters grow

The NSW Government is urging the public to remain vigilant, as a further 17 COVID-19 cases are confirmed.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant. Source: AAP

NSW residents are being urged to remain on high alert and monitor their health after 17 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed across the state.

The new cases were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8.00pm on Sunday from 22,032 tests, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 3,496.

It comes as Victoria has recorded 532 more COVID-19 cases and six more deaths in the biggest daily spike since the pandemic began.

Four NSW cases are linked to the funeral service cluster in Sydney's southwest, three are household contacts of cases associated with Thai Rock in Wetherill Park, and two are under investigation. Eight are returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

There are now two cases linked to the Thai Rock Restaurant at Potts Point after a diner who visited the restaurant on July 17 tested positive last week.

A staff member has now also become a confirmed case and investigations to date have not identified links between cases at the two restaurants.

The staff member is not included in the three cases linked to Thai Rock Wetherill Park on Monday.

The Thai Rock restaurant in Potts Point, Sydney.
Source: Google Maps

NSW Health directed anyone who attended the Potts Point restaurant for more than two hours between July 15 and July 25 to get tested and self-isolate for 14 days since they were last there, regardless of symptoms.

A couple who tested positive for COVID-19 following the Bankstown funeral gathering attended Tan Viet Noodle House in Cabramatta, which is also known as Crispy Chicken Noodle House, between 1pm and 2pm on July 22 and An Restaurant in Bankstown between 9am and 11am on July 23.

Anyone who attended these venues is asked to watch for symptoms and get tested if symptoms appear.

17 new COVID-19 cases recorded in NSW

A case linked to the funeral cluster is a student at Georges River Grammar School in Georges Hall in Sydney's south-west.

The school is closed for cleaning, and close contacts are being directed to self-isolate.

NSW chief medical officer Dr Kerry Chant told reporters on Monday there are 101 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health.

Five people are in intensive care, with 90 per cent of cases in out-of-hospital care.

Dr Chant also urge anyone in the Harris Park and Middleton Grange areas to monitor for symptoms and get tested even if they have the mildest of symptoms.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian implored the public to not take part in the Black Lives Matter protests planned for Tuesday.

"A pandemic isn't the time to do this... please use your energy in a different way," she told reporters on Monday.

Residents in metropolitan Melbourne are subject to stay-at-home orders and can only leave home for essential work, study, exercise or care responsibilities. It is also mandatory to wear masks in public.

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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Published 27 July 2020 at 11:58am, updated 27 July 2020 at 1:51pm
Source: AAP -SBS