Another record rise in new cases has pushed NSW’s COVID-19 infections past 1,000, but the Premier insists “some” degree of control is being maintained over the virus.
- Two children under 10 have contracted coronavirus in NSW
- It’s the first time that’s happened in NSW since the start of the outbreak
- One of them is a seven-year-old girl, the other is a two-month-old boy
In the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday, 212 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in NSW, meaning the state’s total is now 1,029.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said most people in NSW with coronavirus had been infected overseas or after direct contact with someone who had been overseas.
“That tells us to an extent that we are maintaining some control over the virus,” Ms Berejiklain said.
The state has recorded its first two cases of coronavirus in children under 10, after a two-month-old boy and seven-year-old girl tested positive yesterday.
NSW Chief Medical Officer Dr Kerry Chant said the cases were not linked, and that both had contact with confirmed adult cases.
She said they were now at home with minimal symptoms.
Dr Chant said many of the 211 new infections were linked to the Ruby Princess cruise ship which was allowed to dock in Sydney last week.
Yesterday a woman in her 70s, who contracted the virus on the ship, became the seventh coronavirus-related death in NSW.
At a press conference this morning, Ms Berejiklian was grilled over the decision to let passengers disembark and asked whether the federal Border Force agency was to blame.
She said: “All of us [in government] have to take responsibility.”
A report will be released in coming days on decisions the Berejiklian Government made around the Ruby Princess.
Dr Chant stressed there was nothing NSW Health could have done with the information they had at the time.
She said most passengers displayed symptoms of the virus only after disembarking but confirmed that one passenger was taken straight to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital after the ship docked.
Last night Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a new crackdown on social gatherings, which Ms Berejiklian said she supported.
She acknowledged the tighter measures would likely mean more people would be sacked.
But as a result of added pressure on Service NSW, the Premier announced 1,000 extra staff would be hired to work for the State Government agency.