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Australia Coronavirus Live: Three New Cases As Frydenberg Considers Support For Victoria Covid Lockdown And New South Wales Adds More Exposure Sites |  Australia News

AAP has the latest in NSW exhibition sites:

NSW Health has issued more alerts for potential COVID-19 exposure sites as nearly 250 people remain isolated on the South Coast.

Alerts were issued Wednesday night for locations in Gundagai, Goulburn, Jervis Bay, Huskisson and Vincentia that were visited by a Melbourne family of four last month, who were later diagnosed with COVID-19 after returning home.

The father had symptoms on May 25 after driving back to Melbourne on May 24. He tested positive on Monday, almost a week later, as did his wife and children.

No cases have been recorded in New South Wales, but several new testing facilities on the south coast have been testing locals amid concerns that the virus could have spread.

The results of some of those tests should be known Thursday.

Health Director Kerry Chant On Wednesday he said NSW Health was working with Victorian authorities to determine who in the family contracted the virus first.

“If this gentleman was the source of those individuals, then they were not potentially infectious when they were in New South Wales, and clearly, if the opposite occurs, he may delay the period of exposure,” he told reporters.

243 people have already been instructed to take the test and isolate themselves while they await further instructions from NSW Health.


Dr. Kerry Chant, New South Wales Health Director. Photographer: Dan Himbrechts / AAP

“We have asked [them] stop and stay until we really understand and do a full risk assessment, ”said Dr. Chant.

Victorian authorities believe that the strain circulating in the state is far more contagious than previous variants, capable of spreading between strangers with minimal contact.

Those concerns led the Victorian government to extend the Greater Melbourne blockade for at least another seven days until midnight on June 10.

However, Dr Chant downplayed those fears, saying that New South Wales has also had chances of transmission with minimal contact.

Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian He said the scare is a reminder of the urgent need for people to get vaccinated and that testing rates remain high.

“They know about the exercise when there are cases in other parts of Australia,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We’ve seen over 21,000 people show up in NSW in the last 24 hours and get tested, that’s extraordinary.”

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