NSW 'set to roll back pub gatherings to 10 people'

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 20, 2020

Ten people are believed to have become infected at the pub while 11 others are close contacts of those people.

NSW Health reported 10 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday from nearly 23,000 tests, with six cases locally acquired.

New South Wales Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant says the rapid rise in cases linked to the pub shows the important of contact tracing.

At least 21 of the 37 known cases in the cluster were hotel patrons.

The state reported 13 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday, with only three of them unconnected to the hotel.

"Those efforts have allowed us to identify, all of these cases and effectively block any further transmission, and you can see that when we have some cases that were contacts of contacts of cases, you can see how rapidly COVID-19 can spread, if we do not act promptly", Dr Chant said.

"New South Wales Health urges anyone who attended these venues to watch for any COVID-19 symptoms".

The man entered NSW on June 30, before the state's border with Victoria closed.

"If they happen to have the virus they can be super-spreaders with great skill and acumen", he said.

Two of the 10 hotel-connected cases attended the Planet Fitness gym nearby, meaning three gym-goers since July 4 have come down with the virus.

NSW Health on Wednesday also named several venues where confirmed COVID-19 cases spent time, including the YMCA at Revesby, Wests Leagues Club at Leumeah, Macarthur Tavern in Campbelltown, the Picton Hotel and Casula Kmart.

Victoria on Thursday recorded a record 317 new COVID-19 cases.

More recently, group bookings were allowed to increase to up to 20 people, and restrictions lifted on the number of people allowed inside a pub provided venues upheld an indoor limit of one person per four square metres.

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