Coronavirus NSW: More cases linked to Crossroads Hotel

Cheryl Sanders
July 16, 2020

Ms Berejiklian also announced a tightening of restrictions in response to the Casula outbreak with a limit of 300 people at pubs and hotels, and group bookings to be capped at 10 people.

Queensland is keeping a close eye on its southern neighbours where new cases of COVID-19 are springing up once again.

Later, NSW's COVID-19 operations manager Jennie Musto confirmed that the most likely source of the cluster was a work function in which one of the attendees had travelled from the Victorian state capital of Melbourne.

Both Mr Barilaro and Premier Gladys Berejiklian have this week said localised or statewide lockdowns were undesirable and options of last resort in NSW. On Tuesday, Premier Daniel Andrews said he had reached out to the federal government to request more military personal to help control and contain the outbreak. "The geographic proximity of our states, the fact that there were some challenges with quarantine, potentially going back some months, means that. there's been a level of community transmission in New South Wales for some time, which is why we are on extra-high alert".

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant on Tuesday said since 3pm on Monday seven additional cases had been confirmed - all linked to the Casula pub.

South Australia cancelled plans to reopen its border to New South Wales on July 20, while Queensland introduced a mandatory two-week quarantine for people who have visited two areas in Sydney's western suburbs.

The state recorded its highest single-day number of cases on July 7 with 11,694 cases and its highest single-day increase of deaths with 149 fatalities the next day.

Police are working with Liquor and Gaming to investigate if the hotel breached any guidelines.

Another case worked at the Kmart store in Casula Mall on July 10.

Anyone who has recently visited the venue is being urged to self-isolate and get tested if symptoms arise. The employee and all of his coworkers are self-isolating.

The man entered NSW on June 30, before its border with Victoria closed.

These include The Star casino in Sydney, Picton Hotel, the Planet Fitness gym, Canterbury Leagues Club, Narellan Town Centre and Zone Bowling in Villawood.

She said it would take at least two weeks to understand if the state had managed to stem the spread of COVID-19 throughout the southwest.

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