NSW has recorded 10 new coronavirus cases during the 24 hours to 8pm yesterday, including three cases of community transmission which are under investigation.The state’s Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said six more cases are linked to the cluster from the Crossroads Hotel in south-west Sydney, and the final three are in hotel quarantine.
Five more cases were recorded by NSW Health after the 8pm cut off time for reporting.
Medical staff at a pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic, perform tests on drivers on July 11, 2020 in the Sydney suburb of Casula. (Getty)
“The person was wearing a surgical mask and was self-isolating,” Dr Chant said.
“We’re doing contact tracing in relation to that Jetstar flight, JQ466. The individual was screened on arriving in Ballina airport and as I said, since arriving, they were in the 14-day self-isolation and any potential close contacts are being followed up.”
Dr Chant reminded anyone in the south-west Sydney hot spot to get tested, with at least 40 cases linked to the Crossroads Hotel.
Dr Kerry Chant.has urged anyone in the south-west Sydney hot spot to get tested. (9News)
“Now is not a time for complacency,” she said.
“People tend to think their social networks or social groups aren’t the ones that are going to infect them, but the data tells differently.”
Dr Chant said the suppression of the virus in Australia has ensured a very low level of community transmission.
“If we look at how many people in the community that has been exposed and infected, we’re looking at probably… this is not absolute… it may be around 1 to 2 per cent of the population that’s been exposed to COVID,” she said.
She said serology studies were still ongoing.
But Dr Chant also warned pandemic is still in its early stages.
“We are nowhere way through the challenge of COVID-19 and the world is nowhere through it and there is a long way to go,” she said.
“Until there is a vaccine, we will continue to see COVID spread widely and the impact I think in countries across the world is evident for you to see.
“Some countries have managed to control it, other countries are in much more challenging circumstances.”
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“There’s no point in just wearing a mask and forgetting about the other three. And masks largely are effective in preventing you transmitting if you are pre-symptomatic,” Dr Chant said.
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