NSW COVID cases expected to rise

NSW is expected to report more than two infections of coronavirus in its next update, as the colossal task of contact tracing thousands of people who visited a western Sydney bottle shop continues.

The health department on Monday flagged it had identified two further cases of local transmission after the cut-off time for reporting cases at 8pm on Sunday night.

Those will be included in Tuesday’s numbers, which will be more than two, Acting Premier John Barilaro told media on Tuesday morning.

He also indicated that the number would be “reasonable”.

Acting Premier John Barilaro urged NSW residents to get tested with even the slightest of symptoms. Credit: AAP

Testing plea

Authorities are still pleading with residents in Sydney’s west to get tested for COVID-19 in greater numbers as a cluster in the region continues to grow.

NSW recorded zero new locally-acquired coronavirus cases for the first time in almost three weeks, in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday.

However, the two new cases – linked to the BWS bottle shop in Berala – were registered after 8pm on Sunday, raising concerns about the 13-strong cluster.

Most people who dropped by the BWS over the Christmas period are considered close contacts who must self-isolate for 14 days. This health order is believed to apply to thousands of people.

A new COVID cluster has been linked to the Berala BWS store.
A new COVID cluster has been linked to the Berala BWS store. Credit: AAP

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