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New South Wales is registering 15 new cases of coronavirus as the cluster grows in Sydney and three schools close

New South Wales records 15 new cases of coronavirus as worrying cluster grows in west Sydney and three schools are closed

  • NSW registers 15 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, followed by seven on Friday
  • Six of the cases are in hotel quarantine, eight related to the Thai Rock cluster

New South Wales registered 15 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, including eight associated with the Thai Rock cluster in western Sydney.

The figure stands behind NSW and registers seven new COVID -19 cases on Friday and 19 new cases on Thursday.

Six of the new cases on Saturday have returned travelers in hotel quarantine, eight have been associated with the Thai Rock restaurant cluster and one is under investigation.

Of the cases of the Thai Rock cluster, NSW Health confirmed that two attended Cerdon College in Merrylands and had close contacts with a confirmed case that attended Our Lady of Lebanon Church.

The 15 additional COVID-19 cases are behind NSW and register seven new COVID-19 cases on Friday and 19 new cases on Thursday

The 15 additional COVID-19 cases are behind NSW and register seven new COVID-19 cases on Friday and 19 new cases on Thursday

Six are contacts of existing cases related to Thair Rock affairs, including two students from the Mary Immaculate Catholic Primary School in Bossley Park and the Freeman Catholic College in Bonnyrigg Heights.

These schools have since closed, NSW Health said.

Dr. NSW’s Department of Health Jeremy McAnulty said four additional cases of COVID-19 were related to a series of funeral meetings and a church service attended by a woman in her forties, who tested positive for the virus on Thursday.

The additional cases included a couple in their sixties from the north coast and a couple in their fifties and sixty from the south-west of Sydney.

NSW Ministry of Health Dr. Jeremy McAnulty (pictured) insists funeral visitors and other church services are now urged to be tested for COVID-19

NSW Ministry of Health Dr. Jeremy McAnulty (pictured) insists funeral visitors and other church services are now urged to be tested for COVID-19

NSW Ministry of Health Dr. Jeremy McAnulty (pictured) insists funeral visitors and other church services are now urged to be tested for COVID-19

“Funeral and other church attendants are now being urged to be tested for COVID-19 regardless of symptoms and to isolate themselves for 14 days, even if it is negative,” he said.

Attended services included:

  • St Brendan’s Catholic Church Bankstown for an hour from 6:30 PM on July 16
  • Ausia Funeral Services in Fairfield East on July 13 between 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM
  • Funeral service at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church Bankstown for an hour from July 18 to July 10
  • Funeral at St John of God Lawn in Rookwood on July 18 between 11:30 AM and 1 PM
  • Our Lady of Mt Carmel on Mt Pritchard for an hour from 7:30 pm on July 19

The 15 new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed within 24 hours to 20 hours on Friday, Dr. McAnulty.

‘The total number of cases at NSW is now 3,465. 97 cases are being treated by NSW Health, including four in intensive care, “he said.

New COVID-19 cases have been linked to a woman going to St. Brendan's Catholic Church Bankstown on July 16 at 6:30 PM from 6:30 PM (photo)

New COVID-19 cases have been linked to a woman going to St. Brendan's Catholic Church Bankstown on July 16 at 6:30 PM from 6:30 PM (photo)

New COVID-19 cases have been linked to a woman going to St. Brendan’s Catholic Church Bankstown on July 16 at 6:30 PM from 6:30 PM (photo)

She also attended Our Lady of Mt Carmel at Mt Pritchard (pictured) for an hour from 7:30 p.m. on July 19

She also attended Our Lady of Mt Carmel at Mt Pritchard (pictured) for an hour from 7:30 p.m. on July 19

She also attended Our Lady of Mt Carmel at Mt Pritchard (pictured) for an hour from 7:30 p.m. on July 19

“We would like to thank the community for supporting the 30,535 tests reported in a 24-hour period, compared to 36,169 the previous day.”

Dr. McAnulty said there were no new cases related to the Crossroads Hotel cluster.

There are now 56 cases related to the Crossroads Hotel cluster, 60 cases related to Thai Rock restaurant – including 9 related to Our Lady of Lebanon Church – and eight cases related with the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, ”he said.

“While most cases are related to known clusters, community transfer continues and NSW Health calls on people across the state to redouble their efforts to stop the virus from spreading.”

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