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Sydney’s Oran Park coronavirus cluster: fear outbreak could spread to cities on NSW’s south coast

Fears of Sydney suburban coronavirus cluster could spread to tourist cities on NSW’s south coast as state registers five new infections

Health authorities fear that a coronavirus cluster in the Sydney suburbs could spread to tourist towns on NSW’s south coast as the state registers five new infections.

Four quarantined foreign travelers tested positive for COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8 p.m. on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 4,149.

The only new locally acquired business is a close contact of business related to the Great Beginnings Childcare Center in Oran Park, south west Sydney.

There are now six cases related to childcare and a total of 19 in the Oran Park neighborhood cluster. The center has been closed since October 13 and will remain closed until October 28, and contact tracing and investigation are continuing.

Those who attended the Great Beginnings Childcare Center between October 2 and 13 have close contacts and have been urged to get tested immediately and to isolate themselves for 14 days from the last time they attended.

Warnings have also been issued for a number of sites, locations and bus routes along the south coast with positive incidents.

The list includes Shellharbour South Beach, south of Wollongong, and the nearby Little Park.

Anyone who visited these locations between noon and 4:00 p.m. last Sunday, October 11, is considered an informal contact and is directed to monitor for symptoms and be tested immediately if anything develops.

Across the country, 73 people are being treated for COVID-19, with one person in intensive care.

NSW Health has urged residents to remain vigilant and get tested if they show symptoms.

“Please get tested the day you develop symptoms,” said Dr. Christine Selvey at a news conference Sunday.

‘Don’t wait to see if they leave. Suppose it is COVID-19 until proven otherwise by a test. There is no limit to the number of tests you can have. ‘

It’s because NSW registered seven new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, including five local infections and two returning travelers.

More to come.

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