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NSW COVID-19 numbers: The state is registering 18 new cases, four of which are a mystery to the authorities

New South Wales registered 18 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, four of which are a complete mystery to government officials.

The total number of active cases in NSW is now 99, with one in intensive care, while authorities are concerned that the spread of COVID-19 is uncontrollable.

Officials said three people – two in the south of Sydney and one in the southwest – are not linked to known clusters.

One of the cases is currently still being investigated by contact tracers.

New South Wales registered 18 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, four of which have no idea how they came about (someone is being tested at the Crossroads Hotel test center)

New South Wales registered 18 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, four of which have no idea how they came about (someone is being tested at the Crossroads Hotel test center)

One of the new locally acquired businesses was Holy Duck! restaurant in Chippendale (photo) on the evening of July 10

One of the new locally acquired businesses was Holy Duck! restaurant in Chippendale (photo) on the evening of July 10

One of the new locally acquired businesses was Holy Duck! restaurant in Chippendale (photo) on the evening of July 10

The total number of cases related to the Crossroads Hotel cluster is 45, while one of the new locally acquired cases attended Holy Duck! restaurant in Chippendale.

The restaurant is closed for cleaning after the person eats there on July 10 between 7:15 PM and 9:30 PM.

Another case visited the Anytime Fitness Gym in Merrylands on July 14 from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

NSW Health has advised anyone who may have been to the site on the same day to isolate themselves for up to two weeks and get tested if symptoms occur.

All NSW residents are urged to avoid all non-essential travel and stay away from risky locations such as restaurants, pubs, gyms and social gatherings.

NSW Health leads everyone who attended Holy Duck! or the gym to immediately isolate themselves for 14 days since they were there and to be tested if they show symptoms.

Another new store visited the Anytime Fitness Gym in Merrylands (pictured) on July 14 from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Another new store visited the Anytime Fitness Gym in Merrylands (pictured) on July 14 from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Another new store visited the Anytime Fitness Gym in Merrylands (pictured) on July 14 from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The total number of cases associated with the Crossroads Hotel cluster is 45 (Pictured: NSW health worker conducting tests outside the pub)

The total number of cases associated with the Crossroads Hotel cluster is 45 (Pictured: NSW health worker conducting tests outside the pub)

The total number of cases associated with the Crossroads Hotel cluster is 45 (Pictured: NSW health worker conducting tests outside the pub)

Tests will be conducted on July 14 at a pop-up COVID-19 test clinic at Victoria Park in Picton

Tests will be conducted on July 14 at a pop-up COVID-19 test clinic at Victoria Park in Picton

Tests will be conducted on July 14 at a pop-up COVID-19 test clinic at Victoria Park in Picton

The restaurant closed last night and is being cleaned and all close contacts are identified.

Five of the new cases were travelers who had returned from abroad and are in hotel quarantine.

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 11,784

Victoria: 5,696

New South Wales: 3,568

Queensland: 1,071

Western Australia: 651

South Australia: 444

Tasmania: 228

Australian Capital Territory: 113

Northern Territory: 31

TOTAL CASES: 11,802

CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 2.931

KILL: 122

Another five cases have been linked to the Thai Rock Restaurant in Wetherill Park in southwest Sydney, and five were from hotel quarantine.

Two people were in the same household with two cases reported on Saturday.

NSW Health has released a statement urging people to put more effort into stopping the spread of the virus.

“People are urged to avoid non-essential travel and gatherings,” it said.

“The transmission in locations such as hotels and restaurants, the gym and social gatherings is particularly worrying.”

The news comes as authorities fear that the spread of COVID-19 is getting out of hand as testing is urgently stepped up to uncover the origins of mystery cases.

Of the 15 cases registered on Saturday, five were investigated on Sunday.

These cases included a man and a teenager from the same house visiting a bistro in Batemans Bay and McDonald’s in Albion Park.

Coronavirus detectives are still trying to trace the origins of these cases, leading to fears that the rate of community transmission could increase.

“They are the ones who really worry us,” said Dr. McAnulty about the mysterious cases.

“If we can’t find a connection between cases, it means we haven’t been able to lock that cluster and there may be other people.”

The duo attended the bistro at the Soldiers Club in Batemans Bay on July 13 between 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM and McDonald’s in Albion Park on July 15 between 2:00 PM and 2:30 PM.

Dr. Jeremy McAnulty said residents living on the south coast of NSW should be wary after two people who tested positive for COVID-19 visited a bistro and McDonald's restaurant. In the photo: Albion Park McDonald's

Dr. Jeremy McAnulty said residents living on the south coast of NSW should be wary after two people who tested positive for COVID-19 visited a bistro and McDonald's restaurant. In the photo: Albion Park McDonald's

Dr. Jeremy McAnulty said residents living on the south coast of NSW should be wary after two people who tested positive for COVID-19 visited a bistro and McDonald’s restaurant. In the photo: Albion Park McDonald’s

Dr. McAnulty said health authorities asked residents who were in the bistro during the same period to immediately isolate themselves for two weeks.

McDonald’s diners have also been advised to watch for symptoms.

“We also ask everyone at Albion Park McDonald’s on July 15 between 2:00 PM and 2:30 PM to carefully watch for symptoms and whether they develop respiratory symptoms, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath or fever to immediately come forward for testing and isolate themselves, ‘he said.

NSW Health urges residents to consider wearing masks when social distance is not possible in public.

They also encourage people with the ‘mildest symptoms’ to come forward and get tested.

An audience member gets a test for coronavirus disease at the Crossroads Hotel Test Center after a cluster of infections in Sydney

An audience member gets a test for coronavirus disease at the Crossroads Hotel Test Center after a cluster of infections in Sydney

An audience member gets a test for coronavirus disease at the Crossroads Hotel Test Center after a cluster of infections in Sydney

“Don’t organize or attend a meeting of more than ten people at home,” said NSW Health.

“Do not go to the gym unless the equipment is thoroughly cleaned by the staff or yourself before and after use by the customer and yourself, and there is a good distance between machines and customers.”

Meanwhile, face masks may become mandatory in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced the drastic new measure on Sunday, as the state registered another 363 cases and another three deaths from the contagious respiratory disease.

Those who disobey the new government directive – which comes into effect on Wednesday from 11:59 p.m. – will be fined $ 200.

He said the mask didn’t necessarily have to be hospital-grade, and that it could be a homemade face like a scarf.

The Victorian prime minister arrived in a face mask at Sunday's press conference before announcing the new measures

The Victorian prime minister arrived in a face mask at Sunday's press conference before announcing the new measures

The Victorian prime minister arrived in a face mask at Sunday’s press conference before announcing the new measures

Face masks are mandated across Melbourne in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 (depicted, masked police officers on locked tower block in North Melbourne on Sunday)

Face masks are mandated across Melbourne in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 (depicted, masked police officers on locked tower block in North Melbourne on Sunday)

Face masks are required across Melbourne to stop the spread of COVID-19 (depicted, masked police officers on locked tower block in North Melbourne on Sunday)

Victoria cases rose again to 363 on Sunday after a short delay on Saturday with just 217 infections

Victoria cases rose again to 363 on Sunday after a short delay on Saturday with just 217 infections

Victoria cases rose again to 363 on Sunday after a short delay on Saturday with just 217 infections

Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos, meanwhile, has announced that the state’s state of emergency will be extended until August 16 as the number of cases continues to rise.

Mr Andrews said there would be exceptions to the order in cases where it is not practical or masks cannot be worn for professional reasons.

Those with a medical reason, children under 12 years old, those with a professional reason or if it just isn’t practical, such as when running [will be given an exemption],’ he said.

“However, you are expected to always wear your face covered to wear when you can.”

Mr Andrews stressed that the three pre-existing restrictions still apply and that Melbourne residents can only leave the house for one of four permitted reasons – for essential groceries, for providing care, for work or study or for exercise.

“I just want to make a comment about the fact that a mask or face covering is good, but it doesn’t mean we can shake hands again,” he said.

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