Fresh public health alerts have been issued for a number of shops in Sydney’s southwest as NSW grapples with a resurgence in virus cases.

NSW recorded five new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday, with a cluster linked to a clinic in Liverpool growing and patients of a Lakemba clinic warned to monitor for symptoms.

One of the new cases is a social contact of a previously confirmed case from an unknown source in Sydney, NSW Health said on Sunday. Another is connected to the Liverpool private clinic cluster.

A third locally-acquired case is under investigation with people who were at Lakemba Radiology on October 1 told they are now casual contacts of a known case.

The two other cases were diagnosed in overseas travellers who are in hotel quarantine.

It comes after a nurse working at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney tested positive to the virus last week.

NSW Health’s Dr Michael Douglas said the nurse is believed to have acquired coronavirus outside hospital.

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Public health alerts have been issued for a number of retail stores in Sydney’s southwest, with casual contacts asked to get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Anyone who visited the following stores is considered a casual contact: Carnes Hill Big W on October 4 (between 3pm and 4.30pm), Edmondson Park Aldi on October 4 (6pm and 7pm).

Also considered casual contacts are anyone who visited Casula Chemist Warehouse on October 6 (12.30pm-1pm), Crossroads Bunnings on October 7 (2pm-3pm), or Casula Costco on October 9 (3pm-3.30pm).

Low testing rates are still concerning authorities, with those in western and southwestern Sydney especially urged to come forward if they have any symptoms.

There were 12,823 COVID-19 tests reported in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday, compared with 15,439 in the previous 24 hours.

AAP

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