Panic as virus risk 1000km from Sydney

NSW has recorded five new cases of coronavirus, including the two infections revealed on Monday.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said one infection was diagnosed overnight in a person who travelled to regional NSW from Berala, including through Broken Hill and Orange for a camping trip.

This case will be included in Wednesday's numbers.

There were four cases revealed on Tuesday, including three linked to the growing Berala cluster in Sydney's west where Woolworths shoppers have been put on alert.

Anyone who shopped there between December 20 and 31 have been told they need to get tested.

NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said the Berala cases either attended the BWS or Woolworths.

Cases are being interviewed again and CCTV combed to ensure health authorities have determined any possible points of transmission within the community.

Another positive case was a close contact of the Croydon cluster.

Four cases were diagnosed in hotel quarantine.

Dr Kerry Chant said a teenager was unknowingly exposed to the virus and travelled to regional NSW. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gaye Gerard
Dr Kerry Chant said a teenager was unknowingly exposed to the virus and travelled to regional NSW. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gaye Gerard

Dr Chant said the 18-year-old man who was in regional NSW received a text on Monday to say he was a close contact after attending the BWS in Berala on December 24.

He immediately got tested and returned a positive result.

"This gentleman was totally unaware of the issues, acted promptly on our text message and thank you so much. That helps out prevent further infections," she said.

Mr Barilaro said the man who tested positive after travelling to regional NSW went to Orange, Nyngan and then Broken Hill for camping trip.

Anyone in those regional towns has been urged to get tested.

"If you have any symptoms, if you are concerned, you should limit your mobility. You should limit travel to regional and rural New South Wales," the deputy premier said.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said people from Berala area will be fined $1000 if they attend the cricket. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gaye Gerard
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said people from Berala area will be fined $1000 if they attend the cricket. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gaye Gerard

"Even though we're confident in the health infrastructure in the regions, it brings a greater risk. And no different to the message yesterday for regional people who are intending to come to watch the test cricket this week, if you can avoid it, if you can change your plans."

Cricket Australia and the SCG made the decision to reduce capacity for the third Test against India to 25 per cent amid concerns from some corners.

"We'll be making decisions and possibly changes right up to the first ball," Mr Barilaro said.

People from the Berala area have been told not to attend the Test or risk a $1000 fine, Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.

"If you live in Auburn, Berala, Lidcombe North, Regents Park or Rookwood, we would love you at the Test in a non-COVID year, but we can't," he said.

"The SCG have asked you not to come."

Originally published as Panic as virus risk 1000km from Sydney


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