New South Wales records nine new coronavirus infections – including one mystery case with no known source – as girls school cluster grows
- New South Wales has recorded nine new cases of coronavirus overnight
- A student at St Vincent’s College in Potts Point tested positive to COVID-19
- It’s the third private Catholic school to shut after being exposed to the virus
- Tangara School for Girls in Cherrybrook will also remain shut until August 24
- Premier Gladys Berejiklian has strongly advised people to wear masks in public
New South Wales has recorded another nine new coronavirus cases, including one mystery community infection.
The fresh cases include another student from the Tangara School for Girls, with 21 people related to the school infected.
Another is a staff member at Liverpool Hospital, the third to test positive in recent days.
Officials have insisted there is no ongoing risk to patients at staff at the western Sydney hospital.
St Vincent’s College in Potts Point (pictured) is closed on Friday for cleaning and to allow health authorities to contact trace after a student tested positive to coronavirus on Thursday
St Vincent’s College in Potts Point will be closed on Friday for cleaning and to allow health authorities to contact trace after a student tested positive to coronavirus on Thursday.
It is the third independent Catholic school to shut after being exposed to the virus.
Our Lady of Mercy College in Parramatta is also closed until August 24 after three cases were linked to the school.
Tangara School for Girls in Cherrybrook will remain shut until August 24 as well, with its COVID-19 outbreak reaching 21 people as its source remains unconfirmed.
The outbreak has been linked to a nearby Opus Dei Catholic study centre, Eremeran, which is closed for cleaning after recently hosting five senior schoolgirls.
The state on Thursday recorded its first COVID-19 death since August 1 after a Sydney woman in her 80s linked to the Our Lady of Lebanon Church cluster died.
The elderly woman was the 53rd coronavirus death in NSW and came as the state recorded 12 new virus cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Friday urged residents to carefully monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested if any arise. Pictured: Members of the Broadway Shopping Centre team wearing masks while in the complex
Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Friday urged residents to carefully monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested if any arise.
NSW Health issued a public health alert after a second case was confirmed in a person who worked at the Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club after another person tested positive on Wednesday.
Anyone who attended the club during the following times must self-isolate for 14 days, get tested for COVID-19 and monitor their health.
• Friday, August 7, from 5pm to 6.30am
• Saturday, August 8, from 4.30pm to 11.30pm
• Sunday, August 9, from 1pm to 9pm
• Monday, 10 August, from 12pm to 9.30pm
Ms Berejiklian told the Today show (pictured) she was deeply concerned with the worrying number of mystery cases which had been recorded in western and south western Sydney
Premier Gladys Berejiklian advised people to wear masks in enclosed spaces and when social distancing can’t be adhered to
Ms Berejiklian said she was deeply concerned with the worrying number of mystery cases which had been recorded in western and south western Sydney.
‘The one thing that keeps me me awake is that every week we are getting a couple of cases with no clear identifiable source and that worries us,’ she told the Today show.
‘What that tells us is in south-western and western Sydney the virus is circulating among the community.’
Earlier this month, Ms Berejiklian advised NSW residents to wear masks in enclosed spaces and when social distancing cannot be adhered to.
‘I want to stress it is not compulsory, but it is a strong recommendation from Health, given where we are in the pandemic, given the risk posed from Victoria and given the rate of community transmission in New South Wales,’ she said.
Victoria recorded another 14 deaths and 372 more cases of coronavirus on Friday.