Warning over 'very real' risk of second wave in NSW

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·2-min read

There are growing concerns from health authorities NSW could see a second wave of coronavirus despite only one new case being reported.

NSW Health said on Saturday the sole case attended Flip Out Prestons Indoor Trampoline Park at Prestons in Sydney’s southwest.

The case is attached to the Hoxton Park cluster which now stands at five.

Ninety-two per cent of NSW’s 4,232 Covid cases are being treated outside of hospital care.

Digital signage greeting fans with Covid-19 messages outside ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.
Footy fans headed to the NRL Grand Final last weekend are told to wear masks. Source: Getty Images

Despite the good news, health authorities are warning the risk is still very serious.

“NSW Health is calling on people to remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19 and to continue to work together to minimise community transmission as the risk of a resurgence of cases remains very real,” NSW Health said.

“It is critical people continue to come forward for testing when they experience even the mildest symptoms, such as a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, or fever, which could signal a COVID-19 infection.

“NSW Health is particularly calling on the people of southwest Sydney, where there have been a number of recent cases in the community, to come forward for testing. When we have high numbers of people continuing to get tested, that allows us to detect cases in the community earlier and prevent onward transmission.”

A man takes a photograph near the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia.
A Sydney resident takes a photo at the harbour after recent rainfall. Source: Getty Images

The health department added it wants to get recent clusters in Sydney’s southwest “under control” with concerns of a second wave.

On Friday, the Queensland Government said Greater Sydney residents were barred from entering the state but the rest of NSW would be able to from November 3.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young pointed to Sydney’s four new locally acquired cases recorded on Thursday as her reasoning for keeping millions of people from entering Queensland.

NSW authorities are yet to find the source of one case that went on to infect three other people.

"Yesterday they had four new cases and one of those cases they could not link to any other known clusters," Dr Young said on Friday.

"That means that they have transmission and they don't know where it is coming from."

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