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Apartment complex in Sydney’s west under police guard after diagnosis of COVID-19 cases

A five-storey apartment in Sydney’s west is being guarded by police after cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in numerous residents.

Police say several police officers are guarding the Blacktown apartment after being called by NSW Health to provide support after multiple cases were diagnosed in people living in the Blacktown apartment, which is situated in an area where the virus is rapidly spreading.

It’s understood that all residents are being tested.

NSW Health has not commented on the latest development, which comes a day after two more people died from COVID-19 in Sydney.

NSW Health confirmed two women in their 80s, not a man and a woman as earlier reported, died on Monday – one at her home in Pendle Hill in Sydney’s west and another at Campbelltown Hospital, taking the toll from the state’s latest outbreak to 10.

NSW recorded 145 new local cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday, with southwest Sydney remaining the main area of concern for authorities.

The state is moving to bolster its vaccination rollout with new walk-in clinics offering the AstraZeneca jab.

Western Sydney Local Health District on Monday announced new pop-up clinics will be set up across the Merrylands and Guildford area for three weeks for AstraZeneca vaccinations.

Anyone over 40 will be able to receive the jab without a GP referral.

Meanwhile, frontline workers for Woolworths, Aldi, Coles and Metcash in Fairfield, Liverpool, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland and Blacktown will from this week have priority access to the Pfizer vaccine.

This includes workers in supermarkets, warehouses and online retail centres who can’t do their job from home.The jab will be available at the Sydney Olympic Park hub.

“This is a significant breakthrough in protecting the health of frontline retail workers, ensuring the community retains access to the essentials of life during the protracted lockdown in Australia’s biggest city,” SDA NSW secretary Bernie Smith said.

Overnight, NSW Health issued health alerts for more than 20 venues that have been visited by someone infected with COVID-19.

A full list of NSW exposure sites can be found at the NSW Health website.