NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the state is at a “critical point” after another 20 cases of coronavirus have been recorded overnight by health authorities, including 11 linked to known clusters in Sydney.
Nearly 50,000 COVID-19 tests were performed over the weekend, and 20 people were diagnosed with the disease in the 24 hours leading up to 8:00pm on Sunday night.
All new reports came from established sources, which the Prime Minister said was “one good take.”
“Our state continues to be on extremely high alert,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“But our state continues to be at a critical point — we have the opportunity to isolate the cases that we have to clamp down and to make sure we reduce the incidence of the virus spreading.
“Unfortunately, other places don’t have that opportunity.”
Of the 20 people infected yesterday, three were linked to south-west Sydney’s Crossroads Hotel cluster, taking the total number of cases there to 48.
Another eight were linked to the Thai Rock restaurant at the NSW South Coast shopping centre in Wetherill Park, and another four are connected to the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club.
For the remaining cases, four returned to hotel quarantine travellers and another was a individual who contracted the Victoria virus and was self-isolated.
While face masks have become mandatory amid the surge of cases in Melbourne, Ms Berejkilian said it would be a “personal choice” in NSW.
She said “face masks are complementary” to current health advice around social distancing.
“Particularly in circumstances where you can’t social distance or if you are unwell and are seeking healthcare,” she said.