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NSW: More cases of COVID-19 expected

More cases of locally-acquired COVID-19 are expected to be announced today, after 22 cases were recorded yesterday.

On Friday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said contact tracers have been able to link all of the cases in the outbreak apart from one, a nine-year-old child from Waverley. She said due to the contagiousness of the strain, NSW is “likely to see more cases in coming days, mainly from household contacts.”

“We anticipate that close to 100 per cent of everybody in a household is likely to get the virus if one person has had positive test results,” Ms Berejiklian said.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said NSW Health will start to report separately the number of cases already in isolation, compared with those who were not, amid expectations numbers will rise rapidly in coming days among already-identified close contacts.

“I expect the numbers to be high. Cases are going to arise where people have been totally in isolation for that full infectious period – they pose no risk to the community,” Dr Chant said.

Meanwhile, Victorian chief health officer Professor Brett Sutton confirmed yesterday that two positive cases in Victoria have the highly contagious Delta variant. This was expected, as the first man contracted the virus in Sydney, where the current outbreak is of the Delta variant.