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NSW records seven new cases of coronavirus overnight as Blue Mountains school cluster grows 

Seven new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in New South Wales on Tuesday, with a school in the Blue Mountains closed as another case diagnosed. 

The hospital cluster continues to grow with a household contact of a previous case linked to Concord Hospital diagnosed.

A healthcare worker at Liverpool Hospital was also diagnosed, however the investigating of the source is ongoing and contact tracing is underway. 

A new case was also diagnosed at Blue Mountains Grammar school, but that case will be included in Wednesday’s numbers.

Seven new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in New South Wales on Tuesday. Pictured: Health care workers at a pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic in Sydney

Seven new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in New South Wales on Tuesday. Pictured: Health care workers at a pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic in Sydney

A new case was also diagnosed at Blue Mountains Grammar school (pictured), which has been closed for cleaning

A new case was also diagnosed at Blue Mountains Grammar school (pictured), which has been closed for cleaning

The school has been closed for cleaning and contact tracing is being conducted.  

Three other cases are returned travellers who are currently in hotel quarantine, while a fourth is a traveller from Victoria who is also in quarantine.

All travellers on that flight are also in quarantine.  

Only 8,835 tests were conducted in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 9,316 on Sunday.

Health authorities have expressed concerns about the low testing numbers.

They said areas of concern include South Western, Western and South Eastern Sydney.  

‘While the number of locally acquired cases recorded in the past 24 hours is low, the virus is likely circulating among people in the community with mild symptoms. As such, the risk of outbreaks and a resurgence of cases remains,’ the statement said.

A healthcare worker at Liverpool Hospital (pictured) was also diagnosed, however the investigating of the source is ongoing and contact tracing is underway

A healthcare worker at Liverpool Hospital (pictured) was also diagnosed, however the investigating of the source is ongoing and contact tracing is underway

‘It’s vital that everyone who does have the virus is tested and diagnosed, in order to stop further spread to others.

‘NSW Health is again urging anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat – to come forward and get tested, so cases in the community are identified as quickly as possible.’

NSW Health are treating 86 cases of COVID-19 currently, with 74 cases being treated outside of hospital.

Six people are currently in the intensive care unit. 

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