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The new cases include one resident who acquired the illness overseas and one resident whose case is still being investigated with regards to the source.

51 cases in Northern NSW Local Health District are recovered. There are no cases being treated in hospital.

Relaxing restrictions

From Friday 15 May some restrictions in NSW will begin to be relaxed for public gatherings, dining and outdoor activities.

However, Wayne Jones, Chief Executive NNSWLHD is reminding the ‘community to take their personal responsibilities seriously.

‘It’s good news that we’ll be able to move about more freely and catch up with our friends and family, but we still have an obligation to practice social distancing measures to prevent transmission of this virus.

‘As we’ve seen in recent days, the numbers of new cases can vary from day to day, we have certainly not overcome this pandemic. Please do your best to keep your 1.5 metre distance from others, keep up frequent hand washing and avoid touching your face or public surfaces where possible.’

Testing clinics will remain open seven days a week and anyone who is experiencing flu-like symptoms, even mild ones, are encouraged to get tested even if they have had a negative test previously.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. They don’t want you to know. It would set back the political plan and the economy.
    We are not people, we are pawns in the game of chess.

  2. On the street, well Mullumbimby anyway, I sense the “fear feeling” has gone but it would be prudent to still assume the virus could be anywhere and act accordingly

  3. Tarzan. Having the police at a health announcement reinforces your argument. Never thought I would be living in a police state.

  4. Yes, they seem to have no trouble letting people in Sydney know the local council areas in which the new cases occur. Maybe they don’t want us country bumpkins getting all panicky! Seriously, though, I think if a person felt even slightly unwell and knew there were cases nearby, they’d be more likely to follow the health department’s suggestion to get tested.

  5. Maya (and Andrea):

    One reason that Health – local district and NSWwide – gave some weeks ago was to preclude scapegoating in communities, particularly smaller ones, where anyone even suspected of being ill in any way could be victimised. There have been examples of that and they show the uglier side of Aussies – especially people held in thrall by fear.

    Another reason is the potential for complacency or carelessness that could grow from any false sense of security imparted by the “knowledge” that “there’s no COVID-19 in my neighbourhood”.

    I think Big Sibling is “looking after” us proles as well as the systems allow. 😉 (Sure, systems need an overhaul, but have creaked into action on the stimulus of the pandemic. Could be a lot worse: imagine living in the USA right now. No – rather not.)

    I don’t need to know any locality details beyond my local health district – then my new-habituated prophylactic behaviours should be universally adequate everywhere here.

  6. Complacency and ignoring of the already known effective mitigation strategies
    (ie social distancing, hand washing, limited group numbers, no unnecessary interstate travel, etc) will lead to ALL future avoidable deaths and suffering. You can’t mess with the science.
    Don’t drink Trump’s kool-aid, and be wary of Murdoch’s influences and other baseless conspiracy theories/misinformation like we saw in the bushfires. They have only just begun with this one. Adapt.
    Hug the ones you can.

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