Health officer's pleas to 'young adults' amid Covid battle

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NSW's Chief Health Officer had a strong message for young adults after the state reported a further 16 Covid cases on Sunday.

Dr Kerry Chant issued the "callout for young adults" living in the state during a media conference, urging them to be honest with health authorities.

"We know that this is a trying time for young adults who want to socialise with others. Please, continue to get tested," she said.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant
Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant has appealed to young people to be honest with health authorities. Source: AAP

"And also be assured that any information that is given to public health will not be shared. It is important that when people are speaking to contact tracers, that they feel reassured about the fact that we will hold information in a confidential way. 

"That goes for all people, not only young adults, but I'm particularly messaging to young adults here."

Dr Chant stressed the importance of truthfulness and asked people to double check they haven't had any breaches or missteps.

"Again, you know, we'll be sad if you have, but please be open and honest with us," she said. 

"The consequences of not letting us know about a lapse are incredible at this sort of critical phase in our response. And so, please, we know everyone makes mistakes.

"But don't redouble that mistake by not being very honest with us in our history-taking."

Large crowds in Bondi on Sunday. Few people wearing masks.
Dr Kerry Chant also urged young people to use their social media platforms to help get the message out. Source AAP

She also asked young adults with a presence on social media to help health authorities get the message out there and be some sort of "leaders".

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the vast majority of people are "doing the right thing" as the state enters its second week of lockdown.

"But there have been instances where people have continued to visit others in their homes when they shouldn't have been, and potentially have been other breaches," Ms Berejiklian said. 

"But we just want people to know that we would much rather you tell us the truth, without consequence, so that we can actually find all those potential cases."

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