Thousands of residents living in fresh suburbs of concern in the Greater Sydney area are being urged to get tested for Covid-19.
Top NSW public health official Jeremy McAnulty issued the warning to residents living in Belrose, Toongabbie, Seven Hills, Mount Druitt, Rooty Hill, Lakemba, Fairfield, Haymarket, Wollongong and the Cumberland Shire – particularly in Merrylands and Guildford.
It comes as NSW recorded 110 locally acquired cases of the virus to 8pm last night, from a record 84,000 tests.
Dr McAnulty said anyone with even the slightest symptoms in the new areas of concern should get tested as a matter of urgency, as the virus spreads particularly through parts of western Sydney.
“So we’ve seen this focus of cases initially in southeast Sydney, then southwest Sydney and we’re now seeing cases in western Sydney increase,” he said.
“If you have any of the slightest symptoms or if your friends or family do, nudge them along to get tested right away.”
Camera IconThousands have been urged to get tested as a matter of urgency as Sydney’s Covid-19 outbreak begins to cause concern in new areas. NCA NewsWire / David Swift Credit: News Corp Australia
From Friday, a person who lives in Canterbury-Bankstown local government area who works in aged care or health care can only work outside of their LGA if they have been tested for Covid-19 in the previous 72 hours.
Testing has been ramped up in the Canterbury-Bankstown local government area as a result, Dr McAnulty said.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian asked Greater Sydney residents not to leave home unless they “absolutely have to”, as the state fights to contain the highly-transmissible Delta variant of the virus.
“Please know that you might be doing the right thing but you might still unintentionally give the virus to someone else or get the virus from someone, not know it and then go home and infect those you love the most,” she said.