Sydney cluster grows to 11, more Covid restrictions for NSW likely

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 13: A police presence is seen on the steps of the Sydney Town Hall during a protest on June 13, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. The rally was organised to protest against the detention of refugees in Australia. The NSW Supreme Court on Thursday banned the protest following an application by NSW police citing significant COVID-19 health and safety concerns. The ruling to ban the protest, NSW police have the power to arrest and prosecute attendees for breaking a current COVID-19 health order which bans mass gatherings. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)
Two new virus cases have been diagnosed in New South Wales, as the cluster linked to Sydney’s Bondi Junction Westfield grows to 11.
The two infections – which had been announced yesterday – are close contacts of existing cases, with a charity shop among new exposure sites.
Two other cases have been identified by contact tracers and were announced today, but will be included in tomorrow’s figures as they were found after the 24-hour cut off.
There are 46 people with the virus in the state, including in hotel quarantine.
NSW Health said one person is in intensive care but most others don’t need hospital treatment. It is not known how many have symptoms.
New exposure sites listed by NSW Health include the BP Service Station at 134 Seven Hills Road, Baulkham Hills last Sunday (June 13) from 11.55am to 12.05pm and Salvos Stores, Tempe on Thursday (June 17) and Saturday (June 12) from 9am-5pm.
Updates on the cluster come as tens of thousands of Sydneysiders are being urged to get tested for Covid19 as contact tracers try to thwart the spread of the Delta variant before more restrictions are imposed.
NSW Health said there had been 25,252 tests undertaken up to 8pm last night, slightly up from the previous day when 24,468 people were tested.
Anyone who is showing symptoms or has been to an exposure site has been asked to get a test, but officials say the numbers aren’t high enough and could force Premier Gladys Berejiklian to bring in more restrictions.
“At this stage we think what we are doing is enough,” Ms Berejiklian told Ben Fordham on 2GB.
“Of course the next two days is critical.”