NSW daily COVID-19 numbers outpace Victoria's for second day running

Dr Kerry Chant has urged people to come forward for testing in greater numbers.
Dr Kerry Chant has urged people to come forward for testing in greater numbers.

For two days running, NSW has recorded more locally acquired coronavirus cases than Victoria, as outbreaks in Western and South Western Sydney continue to grow.

On Thursday, Victoria recorded six cases and NSW reported 11 new cases - six locally acquired and five in hotel quarantine.

NSW recorded 14 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, with only three from returning travellers in quarantine, while Victoria recorded seven cases.

Three of the new cases reported on Thursday were connected to the Lakemba GP cluster, and Health Minister Brad Hazzard said anyone who had been to that doctors' practice - as well as their family members - must be alert.

One of the other new cases is a household contact of the previously disclosed case found in Bargo on Wednesday, and the final two new cases (which includes the original Bargo case, and a man from south east Sydney) are still under investigation with health officials searching for a source.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant thanked the Bargo community for coming out for testing over the past day, noting there was a new testing clinic which would remain set up at the Bargo Community Hall over the weekend.

Mr Hazzard said testing numbers overall remained a big concern for the state, with less than 16,000 tests conducted in the latest 24-hour period.

"COVID-19 is still amongst us, if you have any symptoms at all... you must for your sake, for the community's sake, go and get tested," he said, noting the state was aiming at having at least 20,000 tests a day.

He also said people who were diagnosed with the virus must "tell is the whole truth and nothing but the truth" and where they had been and who they had been in contact with.

"Public health only has one interest, and that is making sure you remain healthy," he said.

He said there had been a case overnight in Victoria where a truck driver had not been forthcoming about his movements, which resulted in ab outbreak in Shepparton, which is within the NSW/Victoria bubble.

"We are now in very high alert in that area around our southern border, we've had to give warnings at aged care and... in our health facilities," Mr Hazzard said.

He said NSW would continue to "remain open" but that people attending venues or events must "play by the rules" to stop the spread of the virus.

The daily numbers would be closely monitored to see if any further restrictions could be lifted by the end of the week, Mr Hazzard said.

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