Premier Gladys Berejiklian is expected to announce how the state’s New Years’ Eve festivities will look.
The coronavirus cluster in New South Wales has grown to 120, leaving authorities scrambling to find the “missing link” between some contacts.
Seven new locally-acquired cases have been discovered, including a 20-year-old worker from the Belrose Hotel, from which several cases appear to have stemmed.
Authorities are urging anyone who visited the Belrose Hotel any time in the past month to get tested.
“Even if you historically had an illness that you think in retrospect might have compatible with COVID, please get a test and please isolate until you get that negative test,” says NSW Chief Medical Officer, Dr Kerry Chant.
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“We are at a critical stage in our response and unless we have those high testing rates, it does not give us adequate assurance that we are not missing undetected lines of transmission.
Dr Chant added: “We may never find the exact source [of the Avalon cluster] and the links but what’s most important is we are not missing unrecognised chains of transmission.”
Current NSW hot spots
NSW Health is urging those who visited the following hotspots to also get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of a negative result:
Cibo Cafe – 71 Walker St, North Sydney on 16 December: 11.30am‑12.45pm
Those who have visited the below venues at the times listed should also get tested and isolate for 14 days or until they receive a negative result:
Priceline Pharmacy, Casula Mall – 1 Ingham Dr, Casula on 24 December: 6.30-7pm
Coles Casula Mall – 1 Ingham Dr, Casula on 24 December: 7-7.30pm
Radio Bombay Restaurant, Casula Mall – 1 Ingham Dr, Casula on 24 December: 7.30-7.50pm