Published: Tue, June 22, 2021
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NSW records double-digit spike in new COVID-19 cases

NSW records double-digit spike in new COVID-19 cases

The new cases fall into three categories: two which were revealed yesterday, but were counted too late to form a part of Monday's tally; three counted in the 24 hours to 8pm Monday, which are counted in today's tally; and seven which were revealed today, but were counted too late to form part of today's official tally.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the case number will continue to grow as more household contacts of cases test positive in coming days.

One previously confirmed case is now being classified as under investigation.

Both were close contacts of previously reported cases and have been in isolation.

The cases are all linked to each other under what's being called the "Bondi cluster". Residents of Sydney's eastern suburbs and Wollongong have been asked to be "especially vigilant".

Berejiklian ruled out any further restrictions for the time being. "We feel the response is proportionate". "We did expect that household contacts [of existing cases] already in isolation were likely to get the virus".

The Westfield Bondi Junction shopping centre continues to be the main area of concern to health authorities.

Locations of interest are being updated, with health officials urging anyone in New Zealand who has visited Sydney since June 11 to check the New South Wales health website for more information and advice.

Sixteen people in New Zealand had been identified as having been in locations of interest in NSW and have been told to stay at home and be tested.

Previously, anyone who was in the complex, including the auto park, on 12 or 13 June was told to get tested, but now anyone who was there from 14 to 18 June must also be swabbed.

Five of the 16 are required to self-isolate for 14 days and be tested twice, their first tests have returned negative, the Ministry of Health said.

Anyone who was at The Royal Bondi (and not Totti's specifically) during the same time period is considered a casual contact and must get tested and isolate until negative result is received.

The three new cases included in Tuesday's numbers include a woman in her 60s from the Illawarra, a woman in her 40s from Sydney's northern suburbs, and a woman in her 20s from the eastern suburbs who is believed to have contracted the virus through "fleeting contact" while working at Westfield Bondi Junction.

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