New South Wales records just seven new coronavirus cases overnight with most linked to a Thai restaurant in Sydney – as Victoria is swept by a devastating second wave
- New South Wales has recorded just seven new COVID-19 cases overnight
- Six of the new cases have been linked to a Thai restaurant in western Sydney
- New suite of COVID-19 measures introduced for NSW hospitality venues
- Mandatory sign-ins and prepared COVID-safe plans among some of the changes
New South Wales has recorded just seven new coronavirus cases overnight with all but one linked to a Thai restaurant in western Sydney.
Six of the new cases have been linked to Thai Rock restaurant in Stockland Mall, Wetherill Park, while the other comes from an unidentified source.
A total of 52 cases are now associated with the Thai restaurant while 56 are linked to the Crossroads Hotel cluster, in Sydney’s south-west.
There have been 3,451 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 51 deaths in the state.
Meanwhile Victoria has recorded 300 new coronavirus cases with six more deaths – 2,240 cases have been confirmed in the state since last Friday.
Two-hundred and six people are in hospital while 41 are in intensive care units.
Six of the new cases have been linked to Thai Rock Restaurant in Stockland Mall, Wetherill Park, (pictured) while the other comes from an unidentified source
A driver is given a COVID-19 test at a drive-through clinic at Bondi Beach on Wednesday (pictured)
All pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants will be limited to a maximum of 300 customers from Friday (pictured, diners outside a Sydney cafe)
A new host of COVID-19 measures will also come into place for hospitality venues in NSW from Friday.
The changes include mandatory sign-ins, prepared COVID-safe plans, a cap of 300 people and maximum group bookings of 10.
Caps for private indoor and outdoor gatherings in NSW remain at 20.
Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner declared Port Stephens a coronavirus hotspot on Thursday, meaning anyone who has been there in the past 14 days must undergo two weeks of supervised quarantine upon arrival in the NT at their own cost, or return home.
People from Fairfield in Sydney’s southwest, along with those from Liverpool, Campbelltown and the state of Victoria who travel into Queensland will be directed to hotel quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.
This includes those who have spent any time in the suburbs, not just those who live in them.
Fairfield was added to the list after 46 diagnoses were confirmed in connection to an outbreak at the Thai Rock restaurant at Stockland Mall in Wetherill Park.
An army of nurses swab drivers in Bondi for COVID-19 at a drive-through testing clinic
Wedding receptions will be a little different as dancing and mingling are banned, with guests being urged to remain seated instead (pictured, a couple outside Sydney Opera House)
NSW recorded 19 new cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday, including three in hotel quarantine, with almost 25,000 tests conducted.
The cluster associated with the Crossroads Hotel in Casula has grown to 56 after three new cases were reported on Thursday.
Three other cases recorded on Thursday remain under investigation by NSW Health.
An aged care facility in Sydney’s inner west was closed to visitors after a staff member tested positive with NSW reporting 19 new cases.
Tomaree Public School and High School, Goodstart childcare centre at Anna Bay, Woolworths supermarket at Salamander Bay Village and Fingal Bay Cafe and Takeaway have all undergone deep cleaning after being exposed to a person with the coronavirus.