‘We must brace ourselves’ Warning from NSW Premier as more cases expected to be linked to Byron Bay hen’s party
New South Wales residents have been told to “brace” for new cases of community transmission in coming days despite the state recording no new cases of locally acquired COVID-19 overnight.
The warning also comes after two COVID-19 cases on a hen’s weekend trip from Queensland visited Byron Bay.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she “would not be surprised” if new infections were detected in NSW.
“We must brace ourselves,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant confirmed there are no new cases in NSW overnight, but she urged residents around Byron to remain vigilant.
NSW Health has issued new COVID-19 health alerts for venues in Byron Bay. An additional time slot for the Byron Beach Hotel has been on Friday March 26 between 7.15pm and 9pm.
An alert has also been issued for popular Bryon Bay restaurant Three Blue Ducks on Sunday March 28 between 8.45am and 9.30am.
Anyone at these venues at the given times is now considered a close contact and must get tested immediately before isolating for 14 days.
Dr Chant was also concerned residents in NSW may have been infected by the hen’s party.
“Clearly we would … expect that there will be additional cases, given the close proximity that the travel party would have had with each other,” she said.
The party were known to have visited popular venues the Beach Hotel and The Farm, as well as shops.
Dr Chant could not confirm how many people were on the trip.
Byron Bay is set to host the popular Bluesfest music event from Thursday.
Dr Chant said NSW Health officials were monitoring coronavirus developments and any potential impact on Bluesfest very closely.
Five new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in NSW hotel quarantine with 7303 tests reported to 8pm yesterday.
Yesterday Queensland imposed a three-day lockdown, after a cluster of the UK strain ballooned to seven.
Another eight locally acquired cases were announced this morning.