Sydney records 30 new local cases as Covid cluster hits triple figures

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NSW has recorded another big jump in locally acquired Covid-19 cases with 30 new cases all linked to the Delta coronavirus cluster in the city's eastern suburbs.

Of the 30 news cases, only 11 were already in isolation. 

The latest figures take the Bondi cluster into triple figures, with 112 cases now confirmed in the state since June 16.

All 30 new cases have an epidemiological link, Chief Medical Officer Dr Kerry Chant said. 

A number of infected people have recently been in the community and exposure sites will continue to grow, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters on Sunday morning.

The state carried out 52,000 tests in the past 24 hours.

One person is currently in the ICU.

Woman walking in crowd of people with masks
People are seen in King Street Newtown on Saturday before Greater Sydney entered a two-weel lockdown. Source: Getty

"I want to thank everybody for accepting the government's decision for a two-week lockdown," Ms Berejiklian said. 

The anecdotal evidence we have today is that people have been complied and we are deeply grateful for that."

She says many more cases are likely.

"I also do want to foreshadow that, given how contagious this strain of the virus is, we do anticipate that in the next few days, case numbers are likely to increase even beyond what we have seen today because we are seeing that people in isolation, unfortunately, would have already transmitted to all their house contacts."

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A person in regional NSW has tested positive after becoming infected in a case linked to a miner who tested positive while working in the Northern Territory on Saturday.

"We are following up the close contacts and we were advised of people potentially in NSW," Dr Chant said.

One man identified in the Hunter region in New England has tested positive and is in isolation. 

"This case is not linked to our cluster. This is a new exposure related and linked back to Queensland so this person is believed to have been exposed in Queensland." 

Dr Chant said Sunday there still remains a missing link in a case of a 9-year-old student at a school near Bondi who tested positive last week.

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