NSW has reported 20 new coronavirus cases overnight, up from 18 yesterday.
NSW has reported 20 new coronavirus cases overnight, as concern grows over a Batemans Bay cluster, not far from the Victorian border, where "patient zero" has yet to be found.
There are 96 people being treated in NSW hospitals, with two seriously sick in intensive care - including a patient aged in their 30s.
"It's important to highlight that," NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said, adding "young people are impacted" and it was a "call out to everyone to take this condition seriously".
Of the 20 new cases in NSW, three are linked to the Crossroads Hotel in Casula and eight to the Thai Rock restaurant in Stocklands Mall at Wetherill Park.
Four cases are returned travellers in hotel quarantine, while the other four are linked to a growing cluster in Batemans Bay on the NSW South Coast.
"At this point we don't know the source of the Batemans Bay cluster," Dr Chant said.
"Once you get seeding, a seeding event, you then can infect many, many other people."
She said there were "ongoing investigations" and some "tenuous links".
"The one positive to take out of those 20 cases is every single one of them is from a known source," Premier Gladys Berejikian said.
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The 20 new cases in NSW is the highest daily tally recorded in just over three months, when 21 virus infections were reported on April 18.
Ms Berejikian said NSW was now on "very high alert" and she urged people to modify their behaviour, listen to health advice and avoid large crowds.
The 60 young people caught partying at a home in Sydney's west over the weekend was disturbing, she said.
She warned that the partygoers, who were all issued $1000 fines, had placed their family and friends in danger.
"Indoor events with large numbers of people are high-risk activities," she said.
"Normally they're not but we're in a pandemic.
"You can't be too cautious in a pandemic."
More than 21,000 tests were conducted yesterday.
Dr Chant said mask wearing was an "important adjunct" but it was "not a silver bullet".
"If you cannot guarantee social distancing … you must consider wearing a mask," Ms Berejiklian said.
"We are in a pandemic and the next few weeks are critical."
The health advice for south-west Sydney was to avoid non-essential travel, Ms Berejiklian said.
"We don't want to go down the path of Melbourne and Victoria."
NSW pubs and hotels had been given enough notice to reduce bookings to just 10, the premier said, adding that "it's not that hard to be COVID-safe".
Ms Berejiklian also said no more than 10 people should visit a home at one time.
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