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New South Wales is registering 16 new COVID-19 cases, as Victoria is considering stricter lockdown measures

New South Wales registers 16 new cases of coronavirus as Victoria plans tighter lockdown measures to stop the spread of COVID-19

New South Wales confirmed 16 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, as Victoria is considering more stringent measures to stop the spread of the virus.

Of the new infections, 11 are associated with the Thai Rock cluster at Wetherill Park, while three are related to the outbreak at the Crossroads Hotel in Casula in southwest Sydney.

One of the confirmed cases was from hotel quarantine, Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said.

Pictured: A health worker wearing a protective suit conducts tests for COVID-19 at Bondi Beach on Monday. Another 16 new cases of the virus were confirmed in New South Wales on Wednesday

Pictured: A health worker wearing a protective suit conducts tests for COVID-19 at Bondi Beach on Monday. Another 16 new cases of the virus were confirmed in New South Wales on Wednesday

Ms Berejiklian said that it was reassuring that no additional outbreaks were discovered at 8:00 pm last night, but that the condition was still “very alert” for further spread of the deadly respiratory disease.

Ms Berejiklian said the coming weeks were “crucial” for NSW to slow down the spread of the virus in Australia’s most populous state.

“If we manage to get on top of the community broadcast at this stage, we have a much better chance of continuing progress in a positive way,” she said.

Dr Kerry Chant, NSW’s Chief Health Officer, said there were now 53 cases related to the Crossroads Hotel cluster and 37 from the Thai Rock outbreak.

Although they have not yet imposed the travel ban for regional areas in NSW, Ms Berejikilan said people should be “extra careful” when moving around the state.

“There is no safe zone,” she said.

“We are all, my strongest message, that we are all very alert.

Ms Berejiklian said the next few weeks for her condition were “critical” in slowing the spread of the virus

Picture: the postcodes in Sydney that have seen the most new cases since 1 July

Picture: the postcodes in Sydney that have seen the most new cases since 1 July

Picture: the postcodes in Sydney that have seen the most new cases since 1 July

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews (pictured) is considering stricter restrictions on closed-off Melbourne

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews (pictured) is considering stricter restrictions on closed-off Melbourne

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews (pictured) is considering stricter restrictions on closed-off Melbourne

“We should all follow our behavior. We all need to think about where we travel. We all need to think about avoiding crowds and those high-risk activities, especially on weekends. ‘

The announcement comes when Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews plans to restrict people to within 3 miles of their home to slow the spread of the virus.

The state reportedly registered 484 new cases of coronavirus, the worst daily total ever, sources told The Australian.

That number would overshadow the state’s previous record of 428 on Friday.

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