Interactive maps show the geographical shift of Sydney’s coronavirus cases, with its hotspots now centring around the city’s west.
The last two weeks have seen an uptick in locally acquired cases, with NSW recording more than 10 transmitted cases in seven of the last nine days.
While Sydney’s east was originally the city’s epicentre for coronavirus cases during the nation’s first wave of cases, particularly Bondi and its high population of backpackers, the city’s COVID-19 fight is now focused about 40km west.
Sydney’s postcode with the most active cases is 2171 with 11 active cases. The area incorporates the suburbs of Carnes Hill, Cecil Hills and Elizabeths Hills.
Casula’s postcode 2170, where the southwest cluster of 50 cases began, has eight active cases.
Further south, Campbelltown’s postcode 2560 has five active cases.
Postcode 2176 has three cases, while 2148, which includes Blacktown also has three.
While Sydney’s east doesn’t have any active cases, there are fears the virus could spread across the city from current clusters.
One establishment in the inner city suburb of Chippendale and two venues in the eastern suburb of Paddington have all been visited by a case linked to the Casula Crossroads cluster.
There are now more than 30 venues that are linked to clusters across Sydney.
NSW at critical point in coronavirus outbreak
In recent days Premier Gladys Berejiklian has repeatedly said she is increasingly concerned that NSW is at a critical point in the pandemic and called on residents to restrict movement and avoid crowds.
In a promising development she said health authorities on Tuesday confirmed all NSW virus clusters had the same genomic sequencing and thus emanated from the same source.
Yet another 12 locally acquired cases confirmed on Tuesday took the state’s total of active cases to 96.
"This can get away from us very quickly, which is why I'd rather everyone do the right thing now while we can still be in a position to control the spread," she said.
She called on people to take extra care inside hospitality venues, echoing concerns of epidemiologist Professor Mary-Louise McLaws who believes large clubs should be shut for a week to curtail the virus’s spread.
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