Broken Hill in NSW’s far west has recorded a new local case of COVID-19 as health authorities express their grave concerns about the virus further leaking into the regions.
NSW recorded 452 new local cases of coronavirus today, among them 16 were detected in Dubbo, one in Broken Hill, two in Bourke, three in Lake Macquarie and a number of others scattered around the state.
The new case in Broken Hill – around 1200 kilometres away from Sydney – marks the first time the virus has been recorded in the area.
Minister for Regional New South Wales and Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the new cases in rural NSW posed “significant issues and concerns”.
“As we’ve already heard, significant issues and concerns around Western NSW,” he said.
“(Of the) cases overnight… 16 were in Dubbo – two since the 8pm reporting period – and we are also now aware of a case in Broken Hill.