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NSW records four local virus cases including two in Berala cluster

NSW has recorded four new locally acquired infections of coronavirus.

The four cases recorded to 8pm on Monday include two in the Berala cluster, taking it to a total of 15.

The others include a household contact of a Croydon case and another case under investigation that is likely to be linked to the Berala cluster.

Three regional communities are on alert after an 18-year-old Berala man travelled through Orange, Nyngan and Broken Hill on a camping trip, then tested positive.

His case was identified on Tuesday morning, after Monday night’s cut-off, and will be included in Wednesday’s official count, Acting Premier John Barilaro said on Tuesday.

Some 26,391 people were tested in the 24-hour period, still short of the government’s stated goal of 30,000 to 50,000 daily tests, but up from 22,275 the previous day.

The cases reported on Tuesday include two flagged on Monday, which were directly connected to the Berala BWS bottle shop and Woolworths.

Mr Barilaro has not ruled out a further lockdown for Greater Sydney but said earlier on Tuesday that current restrictions were in line with current health advice.

“And with the health advice that says that there isn’t a need to do anything further than the current restrictions,” Mr Barilaro told ABC Radio National.

Authorities are still pleading with residents in Sydney’s west to get tested for COVID-19 in greater numbers as a cluster in the region continues to grow.

Most people who dropped by the BWS over the Christmas period are considered close contacts who must self-isolate for 14 days. This health order is believed to apply to thousands of people.

Mr Barilaro admitted on Monday contact tracing at the BWS was a colossal task, as QR codes are not mandatory at bottle shops.

NSW Health late on Monday issued updated alerts for a supermarket and an RSL club, both in Sydney’s west.

Anyone who went to Woolworths at Berala between December 20 to December 31 should get tested immediately and isolate until their results come back.

Anyone who was in the gaming area of the Earlwood Bardwell Park RSL for more than an hour between 8.52pm and 11.30pm on December 28 is now considered a close contact of an infected person and must also get tested.

There are also alerts in place for other western Sydney venues including Auburn’s Reading Cinema and Woolworths and OKS Beauty and Hair in Lidcombe.

Sydney’s new mask regime came into force on Monday, with police able to issue $200 fines to those not wearing masks in most indoor settings.

Police had issued no fines by Monday afternoon.

The northern part of the northern beaches peninsula, where there’s a cluster of 148 infected people, will remain under stay-at-home orders until at least Saturday.

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