Sydney coronavirus cluster grows, several suburbs affected

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NSW has recorded a further five locally acquired coronavirus cases as the state desperately tries to contain a handful of outbreaks stretched across Sydney.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed a total of 10 new cases to reporters on Friday, a day after NSW broke its 12-day streak of no known community transmission with eight new cases.

Five cases were detected in hotel quarantine.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian addresses media on Friday. Source: ABC
Premier Gladys Berejiklian addresses media on Friday. Source: ABC

Ms Berejiklian said the new cases are linked to previous clusters and urged NSW residents to get tested if they have symptoms, with health authorities on tenterhooks due to the large amount of places visited by positive cases.

“We certainly don't want to see these clusters grow,” she said.

“Obviously we are concerned because, as you see on the list of venues, they are across a wide range of suburbs.”

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said four of the new cases were linked to the private health clinic cluster, which now stands at seven.

One is a worker and three are household contacts.

“Investigations into its source are ongoing,” she said.

The fifth cases is believed to be an old case linked to the Liverpool Hospital cluster from August.

A series of locations have been put on high alert after visits from confirmed cases, while 10 public transport routes were taken by infected people.

Visitors to the Monopole restaurant in Potts Point between 6pm and 8pm on Sunday are urged to watch for symptoms, Dr Chant said.

Ms Berejkilian has lambasted hospitality venues becoming complacent after Ripples restaurant in Milsons Point was visited by a positive case however they did not take details of all customers.

Health authorities are still concerned with the amount of tests being performed in NSW, with 12,868 performed in the previous 24 hours. On Monday it announced its lowest daily testing total since June 9.

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