NSW COVID update: Gladys Berejiklian announces 78 new cases

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New South Wales has recorded fewer than 80 new coronavirus cases, for the first time in four days.

Another 78 cases were confirmed on Tuesday, 49 of which have been linked to existing cases or clusters.

Twenty-nine other cases are under investigation.

Of the new cases, 29 were infectious in the community, while another 37 were in quarantine during their infectious period.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, 1418 local COVID cases have been recorded.

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There are currently 95 COVID patients being treated in hospital, with 27 people in intensive care.

Of those in ICU, 11 require ventilation.

Areas of concern

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said while it was encouraging to see an increase in testing in Fairfield, she wants to see sustained testing in that area.

“We have to stop the spread of COVID,” she said on Tuesday.

“To do this, we all need to work together.

“We need to limit our movements.”

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Chant added there were some other areas of significant concern over cases that had missing links.

“We are finding unlinked cases in other areas and that means there are chains of transmission we are yet to crack,” she said.

Chant said she wanted to see further testing in the Canterbury-Bankstown council area, especially in the suburbs of Belmore, Lakemba, Yagoona and Punchbowl.

Other areas of concern outlined include Hurstville and Kogarah in Sydney’s south and Merrylands, Greystanes, Auburn and Rooty Hill in the city’s west.

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