NSW records double-digit spike in new COVID-19 cases

NSW records double-digit spike in new COVID-19 cases

"This decision follows a public health assessment today which determined that while the overall risk to public health in New Zealand now remains low, there are still several unknowns", a release from NZ's COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said.

Three new cases were recorded before the 8pm reporting cut-off, in addition to two infections that were announced yesterday. The total number of confirmed cases is 2363.

Speaking in Sydney on Tuesday morning, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the requirement to wear face masks in public indoor areas and on public transport, which was slated to end at midnight Wednesday, will be extended another seven days. "We will extend it to all of Greater Sydney".

The three cases confirmed today included a woman in her 60s from Illawarra and a woman in her 40s from Sydney's northern suburbs.

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said the first two cases were close contacts of existing cases but said the third was of concern. Residents of Sydney's eastern suburbs and Wollongong have been asked to be "especially vigilant".

The seventh case was a student at St Charles Catholic Primary School in Waverley, in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

Sydney was battling a fresh Covid-19 cluster on Tuesday just as Melbourne's latest outbreak receded, highlighting Australia's difficulty in quashing persistent small virus flareups.

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"This follows a decision by New South Wales public health officials last night to classify the entire Westfield Bondi Junction mall and its vehicle park as a location of interest, not just the particular shops earlier identified".

Anyone who attended the Westfield Bondi Junction shopping centre between 12 June and 18 June been urged to seek COVID-19 testing.

Victorians are no longer required to test negative before departing for New Zealand but are encouraged to monitor for symptoms and check the Victoria Health website for updated locations of interest.

A further 11 are required to self-isolate until they return a negative day-five test.

"Unfortunately, a number of people who contracted the virus have done so in a very fleeting way", Ms Berejiklian said.

Visitors to the store on Sunday 20 June between 9.30am and 10am are also considered casual contacts and must get tested and isolate until negative result is received.

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