New South Wales records 19 new cases of coronavirus, including a BABY and a school student as the Thai Rock cluster continues to explode in Sydney
- New South Wales registered another 19 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday
- Most new cases are linked to known clusters at locations in Sydney
- There were nine new cases related to the Thai Rock cluster – one is a child
- NSW health minister Brad Hazzard warned residents not to become complacent
New South Wales has registered an additional 19 cases of coronavirus as fears of a second wave flooding the state continue to grow.
Most of the new cases have been linked to well-known Sydney clusters at the Crossroads Hotel and Thai Rock restaurant.
There were nine new cases related to the Thai Rock cluster, one is a child who went to Tomaree Public School.
Another case related to the Thai Rock cluster is a toddler going to Goodstart Early Learning Anna Bay.
Four people who ate at Thai Rock Restaurant (photo) in Stockland Mall, Wetherill Park were infected before passing the disease on to six of their contacts
Both schools were closed on Friday while detecting and cleaning the contact.
There were three new cases related to the Crossroads Hotel cluster.
Three new cases are also returned travelers in hotel quarantine. A new case was a South West Sydney resident who contracted their infection in Victoria and has been isolating himself since arriving in NSW.
There are now 56 cases related to the Crossroads Hotel cluster, 46 cases related to the Thai Rock restaurant and eight cases related to the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club.
While most cases are related to known clusters, community transfer continues and NSW Health calls on people across the state to double their efforts to stop the virus from spreading.
A new three-lane carriageway through the clinic will open Thursday afternoon at Tomaree Sports Complex, 20 Aquatic Cl, Nelson Bay, as cases continue to increase.
Pictured: A map shows Sydney’s coronavirus hotspot sites as the virus spreads across NSW
The clinic operates seven days from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but hours are extended to meet demand.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard warned residents not to sit back, maintain a strict social distance, and be tested with even the slightest symptoms.
He also urged Sydneysiders to avoid a protest against Black Lives Matter planned for Sydney this weekend as the number of cases continues to rise.
“Now is not the time to have people on the street and mingle … now is the time to be careful.”
The new numbers come when Victoria records the third worst day for daily infections since the pandemic started with 403 reported cases.
The state also saw another five deaths from the virus.
A café worker wearing a protective mask is shown working in a Melbourne cafe on Thursday morning
Pictured: Police officers in protective masks enforce the state’s mandatory mask order, which was introduced at night
The number stands alone on Wednesday’s record of 484 cases and the 428 infections confirmed by Prime Minister Daniel Andrews last Friday.
Mr. Andrews said that four of the deaths in the state in the past 24 hours were people who were in aged care – while one was a man in his 50s.
The ongoing spike in cases comes as Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said Thursday morning that she would not rule out the ban on travelers from Sydney’s COVID-19 hotspots being extended to all Harbor City residents.
Queensland could also declare a complete ban on travel from New South Wales if things continue to rise, sources said The Gold Coast Bulletin.
The police source said that more hotspots in Sydney would inevitably be announced by the Queensland authorities.
Ms Palaszczuk has already banned Queensland from anyone traveling from the local government areas of Sydney, Liverpool and Campbelltown.
“No more hotspots will be announced, and all of Sydney would certainly be a consideration given what is going on down there,” said a police source.
“If the situation continues to deteriorate, I honestly don’t see how we wouldn’t close the border entirely.”