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AAP has the latest on NSW exposure sites:

Further alerts issued by NSW for potential COVID-19 exposure sites Health About 250 people are in isolation on the south coast.

Alerts were issued on Wednesday night for locations in Gundagai, Goulburn, Jervis Bay, Huskisson and Vincentia that were visited by a Melbourne Last month the family of four, who were later diagnosed with COVID-19 after returning home.

The father had symptoms on 25 May after returning to Melbourne on 24 May. He tested positive almost a week later on Monday, as did his wife and children.

No cases have been reported in NSW, but several new testing facilities on the south coast are testing locals amid concerns that the virus could spread.

The results of some of these tests will be known on Thursday.

chief health officer kerry chanto On Wednesday NSW Health was working with Victorian officials to determine who contracted the virus first in the family.

“If this gentleman was the source for those individuals, then they were potentially not infectious when they were in NSW, and clearly if the opposite is the case that could lead to back exposure periods,” she told reporters.

Already 243 people have been instructed to be tested and isolate to await further instructions from NSW Health.




NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chanto

Dr Kerry Chant, Chief Health Officer of NSW. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/You

“We’ve asked [them] To stop and stop until we really understand the risk and do a full assessment of the risk,” Dr Chant said.

Victorian officials believe the strain circulating in the state is much more contagious than previous forms, capable of being transmitted between strangers with very little contact.

Those concerns prompted the Victorian government to extend the lockdown for Greater Melbourne for at least seven days until midnight on 10 June.

However, Dr Chant played down those fears, saying that NSW also has opportunities for transmission with very little contact.

Prime Gladys Berejiklian Said that the fear reminds people of the urgent need to get vaccinated and to keep testing rates high.

“They know the drill when there are cases in other parts of Australia,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We have seen over 21,000 people come forward and test in NSW in the last 24 hours – it is excellent.”

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