New South Wales registers zero new local cases as clusters in western Sydney and Northern Beaches appear to be contained
New South Wales has recorded zero new local coronavirus cases as clusters in western Sydney and the Northern Beaches appear to be contained.
Two cases were registered in hotel quarantine after 20,437 tests in the state.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said all ten New South Wales residents who had been at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Queensland, where an outbreak had started, have been contacted and told to isolate themselves.
The quarantine hotel has been linked to six cases of the UK variant of COVID-19 and has been closed by the Queensland government for thorough cleaning.
NSW Health on Wednesday urged anyone who had been in the hotel since December 30, as a returning traveler or employee, to get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.
“NSW Health is working with Queensland Health to identify these people so that our contact tracers can provide public health advice and updated information as it becomes available,” he said.
It comes as Chief Health Officer Dr. Kerry Chant said it is unlikely that restrictions for the coronavirus in Greater Sydney will be relaxed in the coming days.
She said it took the authorities at least three more weeks to ensure the clusters of Berala and the northern beaches are flattened.
“It would take at least three, maybe four weeks and so I need the community to be on the right track with us,” Dr. Chant told reporters on Wednesday.
‘As an epidemiologist, we would like to see two incubation periods before we assess whether we are disease-free.’