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A small but persistent number of mystery cases in NSW is indicating the state is yet to stamp out community transmission of COVID-19, Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant says.

A small but persistent number of mystery cases in NSW is indicating the state is yet to stamp out community transmission of COVID-19, Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant says.

Five new cases of coronavirus were recorded yesterday, however NSW has consistently recorded a small number of mystery cases over the last week.

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Dr Kerry Chant today.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said there were still "15 or 16" coronavirus cases which have not been linked to known clusters.

"The numbers of cases have been remaining quite low for this week and that's reassuring but what we are seeing is persistence of occasional cases every day, one or two, that are not linked," Dr Chant told Today.

"That means that there are low levels of transmission occurring in south-western Sydney and western Sydney. And the objective is to find those chains of transmission and stop them.

"We've got a few embers that are still smouldering and we want to find those embers and put them out totally so we do not have any community transmission."

The mystery cases have authorities stumped, prompting NSW Health to encourage all residents of the city's west and south-west to come forward for testing.

Dr Kerry Chant said she is "very pleased" with the low number of new infections being recorded in NSW, however she said the continued use of social distancing and lockdown restrictions were still necessary.

"With this virus, you can never be complacent. And we need a little bit more time to see if the work that the community has done - it's embracing of the social distancing measures, it's embracing of the mask wearing and the role of business in putting in place those COVID-safe measures, have really helped us achieve this," Dr Chant said.

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"It is important that we don't withdraw those measures or become complacent before we have completely stomped out the virus transmission in western and south-western Sydney in particular."

Chant defends NSW hotel quarantine

Dr Chant said reports of NSW narrowly escaping a hotel quarantine disaster similar to that in Victoria it is "very inaccurate".

A security guard working at the Marriott hotel who tested positive for COVID-19 has sparked speculation around the state's hotel quarantine measures.

"We have had many people through our hotel quarantine and the police have managed and run those - that program very efficiently and effectively," Dr Chant told Today.

"What we have seen is one case o

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-nsw-mystery-cases-indicate-persistent-community-transmission-cho-kerry-chant/46235f3f-50dd-4f72-8b25-a35c0d5be954

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