Shoalhaven News

Community transmission of Coronavirus rises in NSW


Premier Berejiklian is concerned about the number of coronavirus cases transmitted in the community as the state prepares to announce a second round of economic stimulus measures to help businesses during the outbreak.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW has risen by 186 to 1405 with 877 of those acquired overseas and 278 locally acquired from contact with a confirmed case or a known cluster.

Of those 278 locally acquired cases, there are 145 where the source of the virus is unknown.

That is the group that is of most concern to authorities.

Gladys Berejiklian urged people to be vigilant and do the right thing, adding that people shouldn't be leaving their homes unless they have to.

"The one figure that we are most worried about is the number of people that are getting it within the community.

"The community to community transmission is what we are concerned with," the Premier said.

51 of the states confirmed cases are from the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Local Health District.

The Premier along with her Victorian counterpart are expected to push the Prime Minister on allowing stage three lockdowns in their states when the National cabinet meets later this morning.

If implemented, all non-essential workers could be forced to stay at home.

The Premier promises no matter what happens, Supermarkets and Chemists will remain open.

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