NSW COVID-19 Exposure Sites Spanning More Than 500km State [Headlines] – Hope 103.2

NSW COVID-19 Exposure Sites Spanning More Than 500km State [Headlines]

The latest close contact venues span more than 540km of NSW, with a petrol station in Padstow and a supermarket in Fairfield also added.

By Hope NewsroomTuesday 20 Jul 2021News

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Close contacts connected to COVID-19 cases have spread hundreds of kilometres outside of the Greater Sydney area – being identified more than five hours north of the city, in Coffs Harbour.

The latest close contact venues span more than 540km of NSW, with a petrol station in Padstow and a supermarket in Fairfield also added.

Overall infection numbers to be released today aren’t expected to show a dramatic improvement, but authorities are hoping a downward trend continues.

Thousands of businesses that applied for COVID support should be receiving payments from this week, despite the website crashing because of high demand yesterday.

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