NSW records nine new coronavirus cases, one without identified source

NSW records nine new coronavirus cases, one without identified source
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Health authorities in NSW have confirmed nine new coronavirus infections with one linked to the cluster at a Sydney private school.

Of the nine new cases, five were locally acquired and linked to known cases and one was locally acquired without an identified source at this point.

Three are returned travellers from overseas.

NSW Health’s Jeremy McAnulty said one of the cases was an employee at Dooleys Catholic Club in Lidcombe, who tested positive after a co-worker contracted the virus.

Also among the new cases are a staff member at Liverpool Hospital and a student at Tangara School for Girls in Cherrybrook.

There are now 21 cases linked to the Tangara school which is closed until August 24.

NSW Police have also confirmed they are investigating claims the school breached COVID-19 safety rules.

St Vincent’s College at Potts Point and Our Lady of Mercy College at Parramatta are also closed for cleaning after students tested positive.

A total of 29,696 tests were conducted in the reporting period.

It comes as the funeral for a woman who died after contracting coronavirus is being held in Sydney’s west.

Jamilie Joseph died in intensive care after contracting COVID-19.(Facebook)

Mourners gathered at Our Lady of Lebanon Church in Harris Park to farewell 80-year-old Jamilie Joseph.

The grandmother’s infection has been linked to a cluster of cases at the same church where the service is being held.

The church said it expected up to 100 people to attend.

Family and friends were temperature-checked before entering, with many also wearing masks.

Ms Joseph is the 53rd person to die of COVID-19 in NSW.

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