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Five more cases of community transmission in NSW

NSW has recorded five locally acquired COVID-19 cases and 11 overseas acquired cases in the 24 hours to 8pm last night (Monday 11 January), bringing the state’s total to 4,845.

Two of the cases were reported yesterday when a man tested positive after presenting to an emergency department in Mount Druitt. A woman her 40s who was a household contact also tested positive – their source of infection remains under investigation.

A man and a woman in their 40s who are residents of Sydney’s Northern Beaches also tested positive and their source of infection remains under investigation.

NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Jeremy McAnulty said everyone in the Northern Beaches needed to remain vigilant.

A woman in her 40s, a close contact of a Berala outbreak case, has tested positive while in isolation.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said yesterday’s testing number of more than 14,000 wasn’t enough.

“The disease is still bumbling about in the community and we need to be vigilant about that and that’s why I’m pleading for people to come forward and get tested,” she said.

“Please do not assume this outbreak is over in NSW.”

Dr McAnulty agreed with the Premier and said the testing was “way too low”.

He also warned the community of the dangers of family gatherings and asked people to stay up to date with affected venues through the government website: health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/case-locations-and-alerts.aspx

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