NSW COVID cases put Westfield Burwood, Kmart on alert amid Queensland infection fears

NSW is racing to trace the source of a mystery case in Sydney’s northern beaches as the country faces an anxious wait to see if a highly-contagious strain of the coronavirus has spread from a hotel cleaner in Brisbane.

NSW recorded four new locally-acquired cases of COVID-19 on Friday, including one which remains under investigation, having first been reported on Thursday.

Earlier on Friday, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Greater Brisbane would enter into a three-day lockdown after a cleaner at a quarantine hotel was diagnosed with the more infectious UK strain of COVID-19.

On Friday night the NSW government put in place a new Public Health Order requiring anyone in NSW who had been in Greater Brisbane since 12:01am on January 2 to follow the same lockdown rules.

A worker wearing a mask wipes down a public bench at a train station in Sydney. Credit: PAUL BRAVEN/AAPIMAGE

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