‘Absolutely critical’: NSW premier’s warning as Covid outbreak grows

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NSW has reported 16 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, with 13 cases in isolation while they were infectious.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said 14 of the new cases announced on Sunday were linked to previously confirmed cases.

"Whilst the numbers overnight are very encouraging compared to the previous day, we know that they still have a potential to bounce around," NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Sunday. 

"And we still know that the next few days are absolutely critical."

Three aged care residents are among the new positive cases in NSW on Sunday. Source: AAP
Three aged care residents are among the new positive cases in NSW on Sunday. Source: AAP

More than 45,000 tests were carried out in the last 24 hours to 8pm last night, with Ms Berejiklian happy with the outcome, given testing rates generally dip on the weekend.

On Saturday, 35 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in NSW. Nine were active in the community while infectious.

There have been 277 locally acquired cases reported since June 16 this year, while NSW has had 5,753 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.

Three aged care residents test positive for Covid

Three residents at an aged care facility in northwest Sydney have tested positive for Covid-19, after a staff member tested positive.

Of the three residents at SummitCare in Baulkham Hills, two of them were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and they are all asymptomatic.

As a precautionary measure, the SummitCare. residents have been transferred to Westmead Hospital and are reportedly doing well.

Three residents at SummitCare in Baulkham Hills have tested positive for Covid-19. Source: Facebook/SummitCare
Three residents at SummitCare in Baulkham Hills have tested positive for Covid-19. Source: Facebook/SummitCare

"The fact that the affected residents are showing no symptoms at this stage shows their early vaccinations have worked," a SummitCare spokesman said.

All other tests on workers and staff at the Baulkham Hills facility have returned negative so far and the site is in full lockdown. Deep cleaning is taking place.

Almost all of SummitCare Baulkham Hills' 149 residents are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Several new exposure sites identified in NSW

On Saturday, Ms Berejiklian urged people to avoid shopping centres and indoor spaces if possible, as that is where transmission is occurring. 

Just hours after her comments, dozens of new Covid exposure sites were added to the growing list, including several stores and supermarkets.

Anyone who is considered a "close contact" must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.

New close contact venues include:

  • Bake Bar, Double Bay, Sunday 20 June, 11.00 am to 11.30am

  • Ram's Food, Homebush West, Friday 25 June,11.10am to 12.10pm

  • Service NSW, Botany, Monday 28 June — 8.00am to 5.00pm, Wednesday 30 June — 8.00am to 5.00pm, Thursday 1 July — 8:00am to 5.00pm

  • Pharmacy 4 Less, Five Dock, Tuesday 29 June, 10.40am to 10.55am

  • Chemist Warehouse, Five Dock, Tuesday 29 June, 10.30am to 10.40am

  • Woolworths, Mortdale, Wednesday 30 June, 5.30pm to 6.40pm

  • Hop Hung Asian Grocery, Lakemba, Wednesday 30 June, 11.20am to 11.40am

  • Strathfield Plaza Medical Practice, Strathfield, Thursday 1 July, 1.30pm to 2.10pm (please note the day has been updated – previously listed as Monday 28 June)

Casual contacts must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

New casual contact venues include:

  • Wing Fat Meat Market, Auburn, Sunday 27 June, 10.00am to 10.10am

  • Chemist Warehouse, Drummoyne, Tuesday 29 June, 10.30am to 10.40am

  • Woolworths Metro, Potts Point, Tuesday 29 June, 6.15pm to 6.30pm

  • Aldi, Bonnyrigg, Wednesday 30 June 6.00pm to 6.30pm

  • The Locker Room, Sydney Olympic Park, Saturday 26 June, 10.00am to 7.00pm

  • Auburn Central Sunshine Fruit, Auburn, Sunday 27 June — 10.00am to 10.30am, Monday 28 June — 3.30pm to 4.30pm

  • David's Asian Food Supermarket, Auburn, Sunday 27 June, 10.10am to 10.20am

  • Hamro Asan Bazaar, Auburn, Monday 28 June, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

  • K.W. Barbeque Shop, Homebush West, Tuesday 29 June, 4.00pm to 4.15pm

  • Di Yuan Asian Groceries, Homebush West, Tuesday 29 June, 4.20pm to 4.30pm

  • Tan Hung Long Supermarket, Homebush West, Tuesday 29 June, 4.30pm to 4.45pm

  • Costco, Casula, Tuesday 29 June, 7.50pm to 9pm

  • Aldi, Lakemba, Wednesday 30 June, 11.30am to 11.45am

  • Country Growers, Parramatta, Wednesday 30 June, 5.35pm to 5.55pm

  • Coles (Westfield), Parramatta, Wednesday 30 June, 5.45pm to 6.05pm

  • Spices of India, Parramatta, Wednesday 30 June, 6.00pm to 6.15pm

Several public transport services have also been identified by health authorities.

New casual contact public transport services include:

  • Route 400N, From Westfield Eastgardens, Bunnerong Rd, Stand A to Anzac Parade after Strachan Street Kingsford, Thursday 24 June, 12:30am to 12:39am

  • Bus 420, From Coward St opposite Lionel Bowen Park, Mascot to Westfield Eastgardens, Bunnerong Rd, Stand A, Thursday 24 June, 2:55pm to 3:05pm

  • T8 Airport/South line service to Revesby, From Central Platform 23 to Mascot Platform 2, Thursday 24 June 8.10am to 8.20am

  • T8 Airport/South line service to Revesby, From Central Platform 23 to Mascot Platform 2, Friday 25 June, 7.55am to 8.10am

  • T8 Airport/South line service to Central, From Mascot Platform 1 to Central Platform 21, Friday 25 June, 12:20pm to 12:30pm

Anyone who was at Bondi Junction Woolworths on June 28 between 9am to 9.15am and Parramatta Westfield on June 30 between 5.30pm to 6.15pm should should monitor for symptoms, and if they appear, immediately get tested and self-isolate until a negative result is received.

A full list of exposure sites can be found on the NSW Health website here.

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