NSW records seven new coronavirus cases

Brianne Tolj
·3-min read

New South Wales has recorded another seven new coronavirus cases.

It is the first time in seven days that locally acquired cases are in single digits.

Six of the infections are linked to the Thai Rock restaurant cluster, while the remaining case doesn’t have an identified source.

There are a total of 52 cases now linked to the Thai restaurant.

Staff wearing face masks outside the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) in Camperdown, Sydney. Source: AAP
Staff wearing face masks outside the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) in Camperdown, Sydney. Source: AAP

“Of the six Thai Rock cluster cases, three are linked to Our Lady of Lebanon church, and three are close contacts of other cases, including two at a workplace,” NSW Health officials said in a press release on Friday.

A previously reported case visited Costco at Marsden Park on July 19 from 11am to 2pm. Anyone who was present at that time is being urged to undergo testing if they begin to feel sick.

The Crossroads Hotel cluster in Casula remains at 56 people.

An aged care facility in Sydney's inner west, Ashfield Baptist Homes, has also been closed to visitors after a staff member connected to Thai Rock tested positive.

Tomaree Public School and High School, Goodstart childcare centre at Anna Bay, Woolworths supermarket at Salamander Bay Village, and Fingal Bay Cafe and Takeaway have all undergone deep cleaning after being exposed to a person with coronavirus.

Fairfield, which includes 27 suburbs in Sydney’s west, as well as Campbelltown and Liverpool have been named as coronavirus hotspots. Anyone travelling from the areas must enter mandatory hotel isolation if entering Queensland.

New COVID measures for NSW venues

A new suite of coronavirus measures has come into place for hospitality venues in NSW - and the government is promising to throw the book at blatant breaches.

The changes, beginning on Friday, include mandatory sign-ins, prepared COVID-safe plans, a cap of 300 people and maximum group bookings of 10.

Private indoor and outdoor gatherings remain at 20, but weddings and corporate events are now capped at 150, and funerals and religious gatherings at 100.

A group of people dining in at Macelleria Restaurant in Bondi Beach, Sydney. Source: AAP
A new suite of coronavirus measures has come into place for hospitality venues in NSW. Source: AAP

NSW Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello said about 31,000 businesses have registered their COVID-safe plans with the government.

Liquor and Gaming NSW has conducted 131 inspections to date, resulting in three fines. More inspectors will be on the beat around NSW from Friday.

Mr Dominello also encouraged members of the public to dob in non-compliant venues.

"It's not Dry July for me anymore, it's Compliance July," he said on Friday.

"This virus does not stand still and nor should the government, we need to be able to adapt."

with AAP

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