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Seven new cases of COVID-19 in NSW, including two in hotel quarantine

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There are still “15 or 16” coronavirus cases which have not been linked to known clusters.

New South Wales has recorded seven new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, including two in hotel quarantine.

The security guard identified yesterday is counted in the weekend's figures, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

More than 19,400 people were tested in past 24 hours.

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The Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel entrance is seen closed to the public at Circular Quay on August 19, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.

Breakdown of today's cases

Ms Berejiklian said there are still "15 or 16" coronavirus cases which have not been linked to known clusters.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant added there was some concern about community transmission in south-west Sydney in particular.

"We urge you to come out on day one of symptoms, however minimal these symptoms are," Dr Chant said.

Ms Berejiklian reminded everyone in NSW, no matter where you work or what you do, if you notice symptoms to "do the right thing".

"No matter what job you have, once you feel a symptom… get tested and stay home for 14 days," she said.

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The premier added there is "no evidence to suggest this person did the wrong thing at all", in relation to the security guard who tested positive.

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She said some jobs and activities carry higher risk than others.

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"We know the disease is out there, our job is to find it, isolate it, and stop the spread, it's 100 per cent fact it's out there and circulating," Ms Berejiklian said.

Dr Chant said there are two possible scenarios in which the Sydney Marriott Hotel security guard contracted coronavirus.

The first is "potential overlap" with two people in a room, one of which had the virus and later infected the other.

The Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel entrance is seen closed to the public at Circular Quay on August 19, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.

"We've obviously got to explore the infectiousness and the overlap of those, but they were in the same room, and they were moved out of the hotel on the 5th of August," Dr Chant said.

NSW Health is also investigating whether there may have been contact with another positive case which is yet to be determined.

Dr Chant said CCTV has been reviewed, and health officials are maintaining an "open mind" and "casting a wide net".

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-nsw-update-sydney-seven-new-covid-19-cases-hotel-security-guard/9f648072-89bd-4fd7-b144-8f898cfbbcfa

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