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NSW records just one local case, police issue $28,000 in fines after Bondi party

“The case cared for patients with COVID-19 and further investigation is underway to identify how the infection was acquired. Contact tracing is underway.”

There have been 21 cases attached to a virus cluster across Liverpool and Concord hospital emergency departments, after a health professional worked at both locations while infectious. The new case has not been linked to this cluster.

A case reported in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District on Thursday had been excluded following further testing, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in NSW to date to 4009.

NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty said that while NSW had recorded low numbers of locally-acquired cases in recent weeks the “risk of outbreaks and resurgence of cases remains”. It was likely the virus was still circulating in people with mild symptoms, he said.

On Saturday, there were 83 coronavirus cases receiving treatment from NSW Health. Four were in intensive care, and two were on ventilators.

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There were 21 new coronavirus cases recorded in Victoria on Saturday, the state’s lowest daily total since June 20.

Seven additional Victorians were reported as having died from the virus, bringing the national toll to 844.

A Bondi Junction house party turned into an expensive night out after NSW Police said the occupants and 24 guests would each be fined $1000 for breaching coronavirus restrictions.

Under recent changes to public health orders in NSW, attendees of a gathering exceeding the current 20-person limit may each be fined $1000, in addition to the host.

NSW Police said on Saturday that “officers from Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command were called to a home on Oxford Street, near York Road, Bondi Junction, following noise complaints and reports of a party”.

“After speaking with a 26-year-old man, it was established he was one of four occupants and there were 24 guests inside, which exceeded the allowable 20-person limit for private gatherings.”

Police said 28 penalty infringement notices would be issued over the unlawful gathering.

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