NSW Health identifies COVID ‘areas of concern’ in Sydney’s western suburbs and Wollongong

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Health authorities have flagged several new “areas of concern” after New South Wales recorded 110 new local COVID-19 cases, warning that the outbreak was spreading across Sydney’s suburbs.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Wednesday confirmed at least 60 of those cases were in the community for part or all of their infectious period.

Fifty-four are linked to a known case or cluster – 40 are household contacts and 14 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 56 cases is under investigation.

Since the Greater Sydney outbreak began on June 16, there have been 1528 infections and five people have died.

NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty on Wednesday said while a recent focus had been on cases in southeast Sydney, and then the south west, health authorities were “now seeing cases in western Sydney increase”.

Health authorities have flagged several new “areas of concern”. File. Credit: AAP

“There were a number of areas of concern,” he told reporters.

“We’re concerned about the following areas where people should be particularly vigilant and don’t hesitate to come forward for testing at the slightest symptom.”

The areas include:

  • Cumberland
  • Merrylands
  • Guildford
  • Belrose
  • Toongabbie
  • Seven Hills
  • Mount Druitt
  • Rooty Hill
  • Lakemba
  • Fairfield
  • Haymarket
  • Wollongong

“So if you have any of the slightest symptoms or if your friends or family do, nudge them along to get tested right away,” McAnulty added.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the new cases could be explained by a “spillover” from the outbreaks in Fairfield, Liverpool and Canterbury Bankstown and into surrounding suburbs.

– with AAP

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