Covid-19 NSW: 163 new locally acquired cases recorded

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NSW recorded more locally acquired cases of Covid-19 on Saturday. Picture: NCA Newswire /Gaye GerardSource:News Corp Australia

Health authorities have slammed a super spreader event as NSW recorded 163 new coronavirus cases on Saturday.

It’s the biggest daily figure since the outbreak started and the third day in a row the state has topped its highest number.

There were more than 93,000 tests undertaken in the past 24 hours.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said most of the cases were spreading in households and cited one gathering of family members in Sydney which resulted in 18 cases.

“Don’t intermingle with family members from other households. It will continue to cause massive grief here in Sydney,” he told reporters on Saturday.

“Just, please, stop doing it. Stop – just one group of family members coming together with other family members where they shouldn’t have been and that has accounted for 18 cases.”

Mr Hazzard said 45 of Saturday’s 163 cases had been out in the community while infectious.

“In other words 45 people were out walking around and potentially spreading the virus which certainly explains why our numbers are going up,” he said.

He said the Fairfield local government area had 34 cases in the past 24 hours, while the Canterbury-Bankstown area also recorded 34 cases to 8pm on Friday night.

Mr Hazzard said Cumberland was “showing up quite dramatically” with 26 cases and Blacktown had 15 cases in the past 24 hours.

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NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard confirms 163 local cases on Saturday. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Christian GillesSource:News Corp Australia

It comes after the state recorded 136 infections on Friday, with 53 of those people being infectious in the community.

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During Friday’s announcement, Premier Gladys Berejiklian declared the situation a “national emergency”.

Viral fragments were also detected in a sewage treatment plant at Moss Vale, in the Southern Highlands, on Friday — an area where there are no known cases.

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian labelled NSW’s Covid-19 situation a national emergency on Friday. Picture: Mick Tsikas-Pool/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

NSW Health said the positive traces were “of great concern” and urged everyone in the Moss Vale area to be vigilant and seek testing as soon as symptoms developed.

“If symptoms appear again, please be tested and isolate again,” it said in a statement.

The number of exposure sites continues to balloon in the state with a medical practice in Campsie, a Westpac in Lakemba, a BWS in Belrose and a Mr Liquor in Earlwood listed on Friday night.

More to come.

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