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Community transmission grows in NSW

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said all but one case has been linked to a known cluster in Liverpool.

There have been eight locally acquired cases of coronavirus across NSW, including three cases identified yesterday.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said seven of these have already been linked to a known cluster and health authorities are working to identify the other case.

"Do not take this lightly, we need to get on top of this," Ms Berejiklian said.

One of these new cases attended Sydney's Macquarie University.

There are also four cases in hotel quarantine, taking today's total number of cases to 12.

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

Two clusters under investigation

There are two clusters currently under investigation in the state.

The first cluster is linked to the Liverpool Hospital dialysis cluster. One case is a female healthcare worker in her 30s who hosted a social event.

She did not have any symptoms, Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said today.

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Two people at the social event – another woman in her 30s and a woman in her 50s – subsequently tested positive to the virus.

A male in his 80s and a female in her 60s, who are household contacts of the healthcare worker, also tested positive, taking the cluster to five.

"The way we think it unfolded was that there was a healthcare worker, who did not have symptoms, who works at Liverpool Hospital," Dr Chant said.

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"Who hosted an event at their home, and there were two subsequent people who attended that event who became infected.

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"And then that person also led to infection in that person's household," she added.

The second cluster was first reported yesterday when it was revealed there were three mystery cases.

Two of these cases are a man in his 50s, and a woman also in her 50s.

Contact tracing has determined that a household contact of the man in his 50s works with the woman in her 50s from the Liverpool cluster, Dr Chant said.

They are both healthcare workers at a private clinic in Liverpool.

One case is still under investigation.

Source: 9News

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