Coronavirus: NSW records more cases as new gym rule introduced

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·2-min read

NSW has recorded 19 new cases of coronavirus with health officers now required to be on site at gyms.

Jeremy McAnulty, NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer, told reporters on Wednesday the state has 19 new cases with 10 connected to Thai Rock at Wetherill Park.

Two are linked to Thai Rock at Potts Point, one is a staff member at the Apollo restaurant in Potts Point, two are returned overseas travellers and one is associated with the Crossroads Hotel cluster in Casula.

A couple wear face masks while walking at Bondi Beach  in Sydney.
People walk at Bondi Beach. Source: Getty Images

"We are at a knife's edge, a critical point" Dr McNulty said.

"But the majority of cases so far are linked together which is fantastic news because it means we can help understand the transmission dynamics and the risk."

Gyms to operate under new rule

Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters on Wednesday all gyms will now have to have a COVID-19 officer onsite including those which operate unstaffed.

"All gyms need to have a COVID-marshal in place, including gyms who have a business model where no staff are present," she said.

“This is in line with the health advice.”

A personal trainer and his client are seen working out in City Gym in Sydney, Australia.
A personal trainer and his client work out in Sydney's City Gym. Source: Getty Images

Sydney declared viral hotspot in Queensland

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters on Wednesday, all of Greater Sydney will be considered a virus hotspot from Saturday 1am.

The announcement follows two 19-year-olds who arrived in Queensland on July 21 from interstate with early investigations suggesting there was incorrect information on their border declaration forms.

The pair arrived from Melbourne via Sydney.

“We have done this to ensure that we give notice to Queenslanders that might want to return home,” the premier said.

When Ms Berejiklian was asked what she thought about Queensland’s declaration she said it was a matter for its state government.

“That’s a matter for them,” she said.

“It would have been nice if she had told me.”

She added she’s confident it won’t affect NSW’s economy.

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