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Sydney’s Oran Park coronavirus cluster: fears outbreak could spread to towns the NSW south coast

Health authorities fear a coronavirus cluster in Sydney’s outskirts could spread to tourist towns on the NSW south coast as the state records five new infections. 

Four overseas travellers in quarantine tested positive to COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 4,149. 

The one new locally acquired case is a close contact of cases linked to Great Beginnings Childcare Centre in Oran Park, in Sydney’s south west. 

There are now six cases associated with the childcare centre, and 19 in total in the Oran Park community cluster. The centre has been closed since October 13 and will remain shut until October 28 and contact tracing and investigations continue. 

The one new locally acquired case is a close contact of cases linked to Great Beginnings Childcare Centre (pictured) in Oran Park, in Sydney's south west, bringing the cluster to six

The one new locally acquired case is a close contact of cases linked to Great Beginnings Childcare Centre (pictured) in Oran Park, in Sydney's south west, bringing the cluster to six

The one new locally acquired case is a close contact of cases linked to Great Beginnings Childcare Centre (pictured) in Oran Park, in Sydney’s south west, bringing the cluster to six

Those who attended Great Beginnings Childcare Centre between 2- 13 October close contacts and have been urged to get tested immediately and self-isolate for a full 14 days from when they last attended. 

Warnings have also been issued for a number of venues, locations and bus routes along the south coast attended by positive cases. 

The list includes Shellharbour South Beach, south of Wollongong, and nearby Little Park. 

Anyone who visited these locations last Sunday, October 11, between 12 noon and 4pm is considered a casual contact and is being directed to monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if any develop.   

Across the state, 73 people are being treated for COVID-19, with one person in intensive care. 

NSW Health have urged residents to remain vigilant and get tested if exhibiting symptoms.  

‘Please get tested on the day that you get symptoms,’ Dr Christine Selvey said at a press conference on Sunday.

‘Don’t wait to see if they go away. Assume it is COVID-19 until proven otherwise by a test. There is no limit on how many tests you can have.’

It comes as NSW recorded seven new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, including five local infections and two returned travellers. 

More to come. 

Source: Daily Mail Australia | News Colony

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