NSW 'holding the line' against virus

NSW 'holding the line' against virus
New South Wales has recorded a total of 14 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.
Just one of those was from a returned traveller in hotel quarantine.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian has thanked the 19,920 people who came forward for testing.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the state remains on "high alert". (9News)
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The premier said it was "just what we need" to keep a control of the virus.
NSW remains on "very high alert", the premier said.
"We are doing ok, we are holding the line, we are at least halfway through a really critical phase," Ms Berejiklian said.
"We don't want to impose further restrictions on people's ability to be free.
"Your actions can unintentionally cause enormous harm to others in the community."
Of the 14 new cases recorded in NSW today, 11 are locally acquired and linked to known cases.

'Challenging virus to track down'

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant says authorities are worried out "strains of transmission we are yet to recognise".
"Unless we have high rates of testing, we could miss those clusters," she said.
"That's why we need to have the community acting in a way that helps us."
Social distancing and wearing masks where social distancing was impossible were crucial to stopping additional community transmission, she said.
"Consider how big your gatherings need to be, consider the venues you need to go to," Dr Chant said.
"It is a very challenging virus to track down."
Doctors and nurses during simulated pandemic training where the scenario is that a COVID-19 patient goes into cardiac arrest at St Vincent's Hospital, in Sydney, Australia. (SMH / Kate Geraghty)

Enough PPE available in NSW

NSW is "well prepared for all of our PPE requirements", Ms Berejiklian said.
"Whether you are a cleaner or a health person, you are under threat when dealing with the virus," Ms Berejiklian said.
Dr Chant said health care staff should not have "unnecessary anxiety" after fears surrounding the lack of protective equipment in Victoria.
"We have a large stockholding for health, we have over 88 million surgical masks, many, many millions of P2 masks – visors – what we have identified is that fact that we need to also have escalation processes in place if the cupboard is empty and hasn't got refilled," she said.
"There are adequate supplies of PPE.
"We have taken the protection of our health care workers with the utmost seriousness, which is our responsibility as employers of health workers across the state.
"It's really important that we get that message out to health care workers that we do have adequate PPE supplies, they are on the front line and they shouldn't have unnecessary anxiety at this time as we're seeing cases grow."
Dr Chant urged health care workers who feel there are shortages of particular items to raise the issue locally "but we have adequate supplies".