11 new Sydney COVID-19 cases for June 24, 2021

Photo: File
Photo: File

There have been 18 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in NSW to 8pm last night, however, 13 of them were announced yesterday.

A further six cases have come in since 8pm last night and will officially be included in tomorrow's numbers.

There are now 36 cases linked to the Bondi cluster.

There were 48,402 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day's total of 44,640.

Of the 18 locally acquired cases notified to 8pm last night, 13 cases were already announced yesterday:

  • Eight of these cases are linked to a birthday party in West Hoxton, attended by a previously reported case linked to the Bondi cluster. About 30 people attended this party and they have all been tested and are in isolation.
  • A woman in her 20s from Wollongong who is a close contact of a previously reported case linked to the Bondi cluster.
  • A hairdresser from Western Sydney who worked in Double Bay. He is not linked to a known case or cluster. Urgent investigations are underway.
  • A woman in her 20s from Sydney's eastern suburbs who is a close contact of a previously reported case.
  • A man in his 70s from Sydney's eastern suburbs who is linked to the Bondi cluster.
  • A man in his 50s from Sydney's eastern suburbs who is linked to the Bondi cluster.

Five further locally acquired cases were notified to 8pm last night:

  • Two women and a man from Sydney's south west who are linked to the birthday party, attended by previously reported cases linked to the Bondi cluster.
  • A teenager from Sydney's eastern suburbs who is linked to the Bondi cluster.
  • A woman in her 20s from Sydney's eastern suburbs who is a close contact of a previously reported case.

Six locally acquired cases were notified overnight. These cases will be included in tomorrow's numbers:

  • A man in his 30s who attended the Christo's Pizzeria in Paddington at the same time as a previously reported case linked to the Bondi cluster.
  • Three women who are close contacts of a previously reported case who works as a hairdresser at a Double Bay hair salon. All have been in isolation while infectious.
  • A man in his 40s who is linked to the West Hoxton birthday party, attended by previously reported cases linked to the Bondi cluster. A total of 11 people who attended the party have now tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A man in his 40s. He is not yet linked to a known case or cluster. Urgent investigations are underway.

At a press conference this afternoon NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said this was the "scariest period" NSW had faced since the start of the pandemic.

"My level of concern is medium to high," she said.

"But of the new cases today, all but one is linked. We expect more new cases in the coming days.

"This is a very contagious variant but at the same time we are at this stage comfortable that the settings that are in place are the appropriate settings, but that is so long as everybody does the right thing.

"Please know that wearing a mask does not mean you are protected from the virus.

"We have always said that mask wearing is the fourth line of defence was up you need to socially distance, you need to hand sanitise, you need to make sure that every time you go out of your home and you are thinking about your movements, that you are COVID safe and of course now, we have increased mask wearing in certain situations which is extremely important.

"Please know that if you are symptomatic and put a mask on, it doesn't mean you are not going to transfer the virus to others.

"We have had situations where people have symptoms, they are not getting tested and putting a mask on and think they are OK, it is not OK."

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant wants to see the testing levels maintained on the 48,000 mark, or surpassed, continually for the next week.

She said all but one of the new cases were linked.

New venues of concern alerted by NSW Health include Crown Hair in Kings Cross on Tuesday, June 22, from 9am to 5p. Anybody who attended is a close contact and must immediately call NSW Health on 1800 943 553, get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.

NSW Health is continuing to ask anyone who was in Westfield Bondi Junction (including the car park), particularly Fitness First, at any time between June 12 and 18 to get tested for COVID-19.

READ MORE:

NSW Health's ongoing sewage surveillance program was this morning notified of a detection from the Castle Hill Glenhaven treatment plant, in Sydney's north west, the first detection at this location, and the Rouse Hill treatment plant, which has not had a detection since November 2020.

The Castle Hill Glenhaven catchment serves about 18,000 people and covers suburbs including Baulkham Hills, Glenhaven and Castle Hill.

Yesterday (Wednesday) fragments of the virus were also detected at the Cronulla sewage treatment plant and in the Bellambi sewage network.

One new overseas-acquired case was recorded in the same period, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5495.

NSW Health is treating 51 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in intensive care. Most cases (94 per cent) are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care, including returned travellers in the Special Health Accommodation.

NSW Health administered 17,976 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 6,492 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 1,993,638, with 729,783 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 1,263,855 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Tuesday 22 June.