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.
Acting Premier John Barilaro is expected to provide a COVID update later this morning. It will play live in the video above.
Those will be included in Tuesday’s numbers, which will be more than two, Barilaro said.
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.
Sydney’s new mask regime came into force on Monday, with police able to issue $200 fines to those not wearing masks in most indoor settings.
SCG crowd cut
Meanwhile the SCG is set to be at 25 per cent capacity on Thursday but there is scope for bigger crowds to potentially be allowed in on other days of the cricket Test, depending on a range of factors.
The NSW government had given the green light for Cricket Australia (CA) and Venues NSW to host a half-full crowd of approximately 20,000 for each day of the third Test.
However, Sydney’s COVID-19 outbreak means that number has been trimmed to approximately 10,000.
The Australian Medical Association has led calls for Test to be played without spectators because of the risk it could be a virus super-spreading event.
Barilaro insisted on Monday that the Test could be staged safely, yet urged cricket fans in regional NSW to reconsider attending the game because of the risk “they could take it (coronavirus) back to a regional area”.