NSW records 24 new COVID-19 cases, 7 of which unlinked

FILE PHOTO: Transport workers sit together on a train platform devoid of passengers at Central Station in the city centre as the City of Sydney and three adjacent local government areas begin a week-long lockdown to curb an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sydney, Australia, June 26, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo
NSW has recorded 24 new locally-acquired cases of COVID-19, 17 of which are linked to previously confirmed cases.
There have now been 175 cases linked to the Bondi cluster, traced back to a limousine driver who transported an international flight crew.
The total number of cases reported since June 16 is now at 195.
One of the new cases is a second nurse who works at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital.
Three extra wards are now on alert at the hospital, 2GB reported.
The state recorded 22 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, with Premier Gladys Berejiklian saying numbers remained “steady”.
It follows a 24-year-old student nurse testing positive for the virus after working at multiple hospitals across Sydney, including Royal North Shore.
More than 100 staff and patients at that hospital and Fairfield Hospital have been tested after coming into contact with the positive case.
“The wards that that staff member worked at have been locked down,” Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said.
“NSW Health is contacting patients’ families who may have visited these wards and identified close contacts of this case to advise them of any action they need to take.”
Other close contacts of a student nurse who contracted coronavirus have also tested positive to the disease.
“We are undertaking further investigations to understand the direction of transmission,” Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said.
“One of her household contacts is positive and then also a close friend … is also positive.”
Another health care worker has also tested positive.
Like the previous nurse, the new infection works at Royal North Shore Hospital and Fairfield Hospital.
The new case also works at Royal Ryde Rehabilitation Hospital.