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NSW records 24 new local cases of coronavirus as second hospital worker tests positive

New South Wales has recorded 24 new local cases of COVID-19, half of which were in the community while infectious.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it was “a cause for concern” it appeared some essential workers were leaving their houses with symptoms or going to work and passing the virus onto others amid the 14-day lockdown in Greater Sydney.

“We can’t afford to have people continue to have the virus going about their business,” she told reporters on Thursday.

On Wednesday, it was revealed an unvaccinated 24-year-old student nurse tested positive for the virus, sending more than 100 patients and staff into isolation.

One of the nurse’s household contacts and a friend have now also tested positive.

One of those contacts is also a healthcare worker who worked in the Fairfield and Royal North Shore hospitals.

Seventeen of the new cases announced on Thursday are linked to previously confirmed cases, with 11 of these linked cases being household contacts.

Seven cases reported remain under investigation.

The Bondi cluster at the centre of Sydney’s outbreak now sits at 175 cases.

NSW Health has also issued new health alerts for numerous bus and train routes as well as more than 20 venues in Sydney’s east, south and west.

Ms Berejiklian also announced that mass COVID-19 vaccination hubs would be established in Wollongong and Macquarie Fields as well as another clinic in Sydney’s CBD, while another hub in the Hunter regions was already underway.

With AAP.

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