New South Wales reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, with a growing cluster at a pub used by freight drivers travelling the country adding to fears of a second wave of the virus.
The new cases in NSW come after neighbouring Victoria last week forced about 5 million people back into lockdown after a surge of new coronavirus cases.
Australia has avoided the high COVID-19 casualty numbers of other nations with swift and strict measures, recording fewer than 10,000 coronavirus cases in total, or about a sixth of the daily cases seen in the US in recent days.
However, authorities are worried about rising cases of community transmission.
This accounted for eight of the 14 new cases in New South Wales in the last 24 hours, while the rest were people who have returned from overseas and are already in hotel quarantine or have returned from Victoria.
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The bulk of these community transmission cases were people who recently visited a pub in southwest Sydney, the Crossroads Hotel, with NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant confirming Monday afternoon that there are 21 cases linked to that cluster.
“The concern is that this hotel is used by freight drivers who are transporting essential supplies across the country,” Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd told the ABC.
“They are not being tested.”
We are urging anyone who visited the Crossroads Hotel, Casula from July 3 to July 10 to come forward for testing & self-isolate for 14 days. The next 2-4 weeks are critical for NSW. pic.twitter.com/2ODU47haxE— Gladys Berejiklian (@GladysB) July 12, 2020
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