Sydney records fifth death in COVID-19 outbreak as removalists’ family member succumbs

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A family member of two Sydney removalists, who allegedly breached lockdown before one tested positive for COVID-19, has died of the disease.

The woman in her 50s, who lived in southwestern Sydney, is the fifth person to die amid the ongoing New South Wales outbreak, NSW Health confirmed on Monday.

7NEWS understands the woman is believed to be related to two of the three removalists charged after allegedly breaching lockdown and travelling to Central West NSW.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Monday transmission within the home was still driving the high case numbers, as the state recorded a further 98 local cases of COVID-19 from almost 76,000 tests.

Twenty of the new cases were active in the community throughout their infectious period, while 17 of them were in the community for a part of their infectious period.

The trio of removalists were told they were COVID-positive before travelling from metropolitan Sydney to Molong, in the state’s central west, NSW police allege.

Regional NSW areas have been encouraged to be on high alert after the men travelled from West Hoxton to Figtree.

They are also believed to have stopped in regional areas including South Bowenfels and Orange, on the way to Molong.

Officers were tipped off and intercepted the trio at a residence in Speedy Street, Molong.

The men were escorted by police to Greater Sydney and are now being instructed to isolate for 14 days.

This is a developing story. More to come.

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