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Coronavirus cases will have to hit 250 before NSW locks down – as cabinet ‘agree’ on the figure 

REVEALED: The number of daily COVID-19 cases in NSW that would plunge the state back into lockdown – as Gladys Berejiklian’s cabinet ‘agrees’ on the figure

  • Number of coronavirus cases will have to hit 250 before NSW locks down again
  • Senior ministers are divided on how to tackle the state’s persistent daily cases
  • Unnamed minister said they nominated the 250 figure and colleages agreed
  • NSW recorded 14 new coronavirus cases Sunday, six from Thai Rock restaurant
  • Four linked to a funeral at St Brendan’s Catholic Church, Bankstown last week

The number of daily coronavirus cases in New South Wales would have to hit 250 before the government sends the state back into lockdown.

The state recorded 14 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday with clusters in Sydney’s south-west continuing to grow. 

Senior ministers in Gladys Berejiklian’s cabinet are divided over when tighter restrictions will be introduced. 

But an unnamed senior minister said they had nominated the 250 daily infection figure and cabinet colleagues agreed, The Sun Herald reported. 

Senior ministers in Gladys Berejiklian’s cabinet are divided over how to tackle the state’s persistent number of low cases, with some calling for tighter restrictions

The number of daily coronavirus cases would have to hit 250 before the New South Wales government sends the state into lockdown (Sydney residents wearing masks on July 20)

But the ministers understand that they would have to adhere to lockdown advice issued by Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant, who may suggest a lower number.

Six of the 14 new cases associated in the Thai Rock Wetherill Park restaurant cluster while two linked to Our Lady of Lebanon Church in Harris Park in Sydney’s west. 

Four are associated with a cluster tied to a funeral service at St Brendan’s Catholic Church, Bankstown last Saturday morning. 

NSW Health says isolation and testing are musts for everyone who attended the service, a burial at Rookwood later that day and Mount Pritchard’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel the next day, July 19.

The state recorded 14 new coronavirus cases on Sunday with clusters located in Sydney's south-west continuing to grow (Tests at Bondi Beach on July 22)

The state recorded 14 new coronavirus cases on Sunday with clusters located in Sydney’s south-west continuing to grow (Tests at Bondi Beach on July 22)

The outbreak cluster from Thai Rock Wetherill Park (pictured) continues to grow

The outbreak cluster from Thai Rock Wetherill Park (pictured) continues to grow

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 11,784

Victoria: 6,289

New South Wales: 3,599

Queensland: 1,072

Western Australia: 651

South Australia: 444

Tasmania: 229

Australian Capital Territory: 113

Northern Territory: 31

TOTAL CASES: 12,428

CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 3,202

DEATHS: 126

‘Those at a July 16 service at St Brendan’s and at a Fairfield funeral home on July 17 must also heed the same advice to ‘isolate, get tested for COVID-19 regardless of any symptoms, and continue to self-isolate for 14 days even if the test is negative’, the health department says.

The number of cases linked to Thai Rock now stands at 67, the state’s second biggest cluster behind the Ruby Princess cruise ship.

‘If symptoms develop, get tested again,’ Dr Jeremy McAnulty said on Sunday.

Testing clinics are available at GPs, hospital and in a carpark in Fisher Street, Cabramatta.

No new cases were linked to the Crossroads Hotel or Batemans Bay Soldiers Club clusters.

The cluster at the Crossroads Hotel at Casula in Sydney’s south-west stands remains at 56 and has since reopened.

Three new cases recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm Saturday were returned travellers while one case remains under investigation.

More than 25,100 tests were reported across that time after a record 30,535 were processed in the previous 24 hours.

Anyone who attended Mount Pritchard's Our Lady of Mount Carmel (pictured) on Sunday July 19 is urged to self-isolated and get tested

Anyone who attended Mount Pritchard’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel (pictured) on Sunday July 19 is urged to self-isolated and get tested

NSW Health has now recorded 3,479 cases – up 249 in the past 21 days.

The number of people being treated by NSW Health rose by two to 99 and four people remain in intensive care, with one on a ventilator. 

NSW Health is continuing to urge people to avoid all non-essential travel and gatherings.  

‘Of particular concern is transmission in venues such as hotels and restaurants, the gym and social gatherings,’ the health department said in a statement.

‘Consider using a mask in situations where you are unable to social distance, particularly indoors.’ 

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