Wednesday, May 29, 2024

NSW border aged care facilities on high alert

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard says “special warnings” have been issued to aged care facilities near the Victorian border, as fears grow over Shepparton’s COVID-19 outbreak.

Mr Hazzard said NSW was now on “high alert” for cases near the Victorian border, sparked by a truck driver who is believed to have not initially told authorities about his travel in the area while infectious.

Mr Hazzard said people needed to be completely honest with contact tracers when interviewed.

“You need to make sure that you tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and be very, very careful in what you’re telling public health officials,” the Health Minister said.

“We are not interested in any of your personal activities, we are not interested in other legal issues that you might have been involved in.”

NSW has recorded six new local coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour reporting period.

“Three of the new locally acquired cases are very clearly linked to the GP practice in Lakemba,” Mr Hazzard said.

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