NSW records one new coronavirus case, Gladys Berejiklian issues vaccine warning - ABC News

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has warned people will still need to be COVID-safe after taking the vaccine, as the state recorded one new locally acquired case.

  • The Premier says she wants to be vaccinated as soon as possible
  • Health authorities believe they will be "mopping up" from the latest outbreaks for three to four weeks
  • COVID-19 fragments has been detected at the West Hornsby treatment plant

The new infection is a child who is a household contact of a known case.

Health authorities have also been able to link a couple from Mount Druitt who tested positive on the weekend to the Berala cluster in Western Sydney.

Although a link has been found, Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said contact tracers had been unable to determine how the couple contracted COVID-19.

"It means we are currently testing widely around what we call 'upstream contacts', a broad net, to attempt to find any missing link in those chains of transmission," Dr Chant said.

Dr Chant estimated it would take three to four weeks for the state to "mop up" chains of transmission from recent outbreaks in Sydney.

Ms Berejiklian acknowledged there was growing discussion about vaccine roll-out in Australia but stressed the vaccine would not be a silver bullet.

"Just because some people in the community, whether it is a small number or a larger number, [will] have the vaccine, does not mean that the rest of us can relax. Quite the opposite," she said.

Ms Berejiklian encouraged everyone to get vaccinated and said she was looking forward to receiving the vaccine as soon as possible.

"But once the vaccine begins to [roll] out, it does not mean we stop being COVID-safe.

"[This] is why New South Wales has taken the continuing approach of keeping the virus at bay but also making sure that we keep our economy strong, we keep our economy open, we keep people in jobs, and we also make sure that the wellbeing and mental health of our citizens is taken into consideration as well," she said.

Last week, the Federal Government outlined its plan toadminister the Pfizer vaccine to "first-priority groups"because Australia will get that drug first, but only in a limited supply.

When asked why some states had only locked out certain Sydney suburbs and others had locked out the entire Greater Sydney region, Ms Berejiklian said an agreement had still not been reached on what constitutes a hotspot.

"I would love to rely on the health advice for that hotspot but, unfortunately, states weren't willing to accept the health advice because that would mean that there'd be nowhere in New South Wales that was a hotspot at the moment," she said.

"So obviously some states want the threshold to be higher than what the health advice is recommending but we've always followed the health advice, and we'll continue to do that."

More than 20,000 tests were conducted in the latest reporting period.

Overnight, virus fragments were found at the West Hornsby sewage treatment plant which has prompted a warning for residents in suburbs including Glenfield, Pennant Hills, Castle Hill, Hornsby, Normanhurst and West Pennant Hills.

A new venue alert is also in place for the Groomsmen barber shop at Warriewood Square on January 6.


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