Fears NSW outbreak has spread further

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There are several areas outside Sydney where the coronavirus outbreak appears to have broken new ground, health officials warned.

    NSW health officials are worried the coronavirus is spreading to new parts of the state, urging people to stay vigilant for flu-like symptoms and getting tested if they appear.

    In the state’s south, analysis of sewage has revealed traces of the virus where there are no known cases, causing concern the virus may be spreading undetected in those communities.

    The sewage analysis found traces in Bega, Cooma, and Bomaderry, chief health officer Kerry Chant said.

    “(These are) areas where we don‘t have cases, and that causes a degree of concern,” she said.

    There have been new confirmed cases in the states west and far west, with Dubbo recording the most infections.

    There were 18 new cases in Dubbo in the 24-hour period until 8pm on Wednesday.

    Bathurst recorded three new cases, and Orange and Brewarrina one each.

    In the far west, Wilcannia recorded four new cases and Broken Hill one new case.

    “A call out to those communities to keep getting tested,” Deputy Premier John Barilaro said.

    “It‘s where the concentration of the (regional) outbreak is.”

    Most of the day’s 1288 new cases were recorded in Sydney, with the city’s west and southwest remaining the biggest concern.

    The suburbs of Auburn, Guildford, Merrylands, Greenacre, Bankstown, Punchbowl, Blacktown and Liverpool were singled out as having recorded a particularly high number of cases.

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