NSW Covid updates: Supermarket warning is fake, says health

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NSW is preparing for a higher number of new Covid cases today after 124 cases were reported on Thursday. Follow our live blog and catch the premiere at 11am.

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NSW is preparing for a higher number of new Covid cases today after 124 cases were reported on Thursday from 85,000 standard tests.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard revealed the grim news of a spike in cases on Breakfast Radio this morning, and said today’s numbers would be “higher”.

Hazard said: “I will say categorically that there will be more. As the prime minister said yesterday, we will probably get more, well they will be more.”

Thursday’s figure of 124 is the highest number of cases since the Bundi outbreak began. Forty-eight of these cases were contagious in the community.

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Five people in a disabled home in western Sydney have tested positive for Covid with 86 identified as having close contact after a staff member worked at the facility during the infection.

Unisson Disability in Parklea is the latest facility to be discovered in the latest Covid outbreak where five people have tested positive for the virus.

It could be revealed that the employee who caused the outbreak at Unisson had worked four shifts in one apartment house while she was inadvertently infectious.

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The Tasman travel bubble could burst amid lockdowns and rising numbers of Covid-19 cases in Australia.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield are set to provide an update at 1.30pm (11:30am AST) on Friday as they are likely to reveal the fate of their quarantine-free travel arrangement with Australia.

The trench travel bubble may soon burst as the outbreak of the delta variable continues in Australia.

This followed an urgent cabinet meeting on Thursday, at which a complete moratorium on all travel to Australia was considered, according to New Zealand media reports.

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Health authorities are scrambling to track down a new infection in Queensland after it was revealed that a regional crew member was “probably contagious” on six flights across the state.
The flight attendant worked at Qantas on multiple flights between Brisbane, Longreach, Gladstone and Hervey Bay on July 11-12 and became ill on July 13.

Janet Young, the chief health official, urged all residents in remote communities to come forward for testing while her team races to find out the source of the infection.

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NSW Health had to step in and shut down rumors of supermarkets closing across Sydney after a fake notice started circulating online.
An image of a fake NSW government-branded statement started online on Thursday, claiming supermarkets will be closed from 27 July.
In a statement issued last night, health officials dismissed the claim as “false reports” and urged NSW residents to follow only “trustworthy” sources such as the NSW government website and the major Covid-19 rules web page.

“NSW Health has learned of the false reports circulating on social media, indicating that major stores will be closed for four days next week,” the statement read.
“NSW Health can confirm that this is not the case, and remind people to use only reliable and credible sources for information about COVID-19.”
Leaving home to buy groceries is one of the few exceptions to the stay-at-home order, where one family member can visit stores every day to buy basic supplies.

The state government made a big change to parking fees after health care workers were hit with hundreds of dollars in fines.

Frontline healthcare workers will now have access to free parking in public hospital car parks after The Daily Telegraph revealed they were paying hundreds of dollars in fees amid the escalating Covid-19 crisis in NSW.
NSW Health will also seek the assistance of relevant local councils to waive parking fines around hospital and vaccination facilities for healthcare workers.

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