New South Wales records 5 new coronavirus cases as Sydney pub cluster grows and Thai restaurant diners are put on alert
- Two new cases have come from hotel quarantine and two from known clusters
- One has been linked to the Eastern Suburbs Legion Club that has nine cases
- Another is a health worker at Concord hospital which has been linked to 21 cases
- It comes as NSW moves to relax restrictions around its border with Victoria
New South Wales has recorded another five new coronavirus cases as fear around a Sydney pub cluster grow.
Two of the new infections are from hotel quarantine while another two are linked to known clusters.
The other new case recorded on Thursday is still under investigation and has not been linked to any known infections.
One of the cases had attended the Eastern Suburbs Legion Club in Waverley in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
The cluster at the pub has now grown to nine.
NSW has recorded five new cases of COVID-19 with two in hotel quarantine (two women wear face masks in Circular Quay)
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the fifth case is likely to be a false-positive.
Diners who attended a Thai restaurant in Casula in Sydney’s south-west have also been urged to get tested immediately.
‘Anyone who attended the Five Stars Thaitanic, Casula on Saturday 12 September from 4.20pm-5.20pm is considered a casual contact and must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop,’ NSW Health said.
‘After testing, they must remain in isolation until a negative test result is received.’
Another case identified on Thursday is from a healthcare worker from the Concord Emergency Department.
The staff member had been in isolation while infectious as the cluster in the Liverpool and Concord Emergency Department grows to 21 infections.
Eight staff members have contracted the virus from these hospitals.
‘NSW Health is again urging anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat – to come forward and get tested, so cases in the community are identified as quickly as possible,’ health authorities said.
‘This is even more important with the upcoming school holidays, when people will travel across the state.’
There are currently 86 patients being treated for COVID-19 with four in intensive care and three on ventilation.
One of the cases had attended the Eastern Suburbs Legion Club (pictured) in Waverley in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The cluster at the pub has grown to nine
Diners who attended a Five Stars Thaitanic in Casual in Sydney’s south-west have also been urged to get tested
It comes as Ms Berejiklian announced stadium capacity in the state would increase to 50 per cent.
Currently major venues are limited to 25 per cent capacity with a maximum of 10,000 guests.
Patrons will still have to adhere to the four square metre rule and will be required to wear a mask while moving to their seats.
NSW will also move to relax restrictions around its border with Victoria.
The NSW border region will now be expanded to Pleasant Hills, Lockhart, Benalla, Bright and Mount Beauty.
Anyone in the areas with existing border region permits will be able to move freely.
Since midnight on Wednesday those in regional Victoria have been permitted to leave their homes without any restrictions following a large drop in cases.
There are currently 86 patients being treated for COVID-19 with four in intensive care and three on ventilation (two women wear face masks while strolling around Sydney Harbour)