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Virus cluster in Sydney’s west grows as new case recorded

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New South Wales has recorded one new case of locally transmitted COVID-19.

New South Wales has recorded one new case of locally transmitted COVID-19.

The new case is linked to the private clinic cluster in Lakemba in Sydney's west.

"We are managing to keep the rate of community transmission very low in NSW with just one overnight," Premier Gladys Berejiklian said today.

There are also six additional cases in hotel quarantine with 15,000 tests conducted overnight.

The new case comes as the state's health authorities urgently investigate positive traces of COVID-19 found in sewerage in Bathurst following the Bathurst 1000 motor race over the weekend.

Anyone who attended race should be tested for coronavirus if they develop symptoms, NSW health authorities said last night.

Local residents have also been warned and anyone who does present with "even the mildest symptoms" has been urged to get tested immediately and to self-isolate until they have a result.

Ms Berejiklian foreshadowed easing restrictions for public transport on the condition that more commuters wear a mask.

"We want to encourage more people wearing masks," she said.

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People with and without out Masks due to COVID-19 at Bus stops in George Street, Sydney.  12th October 2020.

"I've been advised through Transport NSW that mask-wearing has declined on public transport and we despertaely need it to go back up."

"If we see the mask wearing go back we can increase the number of people on public transport, but we're not there yet."

Ms Berejilkian said she was keen to increase the number of people allowed on trains, buses, trams and ferries to assist in getting people back to work.

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Source: 9News

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