NSW has recorded 13 new cases of coronavirus overnight, including seven local positive infections.
The number is higher than Victoria which recorded 12 virus cases and one death over the same period.
It is the second time in a week NSW has had a higher number of positive results than Victoria.
On October 8 the state recorded 12 cases compared to Victoria’s 11.
NSW Health is now racing to find people who came into contact with a disability support worker who is one of the new infections.
They worked at three small group homes in south west Sydney.
Five further local cases are members of the same household in Sydney’s south west, NSW Health said in a statement.
They are linked to a previously reported cluster of four people that included a nurse at St Vincent’s Hospital.
One of the local cases attended a childcare centre called Great Beginnings Oran Park on 1, 2, 8 and 9 October, while infectious.
That centre has been closed temporarily.
Two new cases revealed on Monday are doctors based in Lakemba, and authorities are working to find out who was patient zero.
“Two new locally acquired cases, publicly announced on Monday 12 October, are doctors who worked at the A2Z Medical Clinic and are linked to a previously reported case of unknown source,” NSW Heath said in a tweet.
“At this point, these cases have no known links to other clusters.”
The Lakemba cases led NSW Health to issue a new alert for residents of Sydney’s southwest on Monday night, as a number of new locations visited by confirmed cases were identified in Lakemba.
Anyone who visited the A2Z clinic between Tuesday, September 29 and Saturday, October 10, or the Ali Dine Inn and Take Away on Haldon St between 7:30pm – 8:30pm on Friday, October 9, needs to be tested immediately.
Authorities ask people to isolate themselves for 14 days regardless of their result.
People who visited the clinic between September 25 and 28 should be tested but do not need to isolate once a negative result is received as the full 14 day exposure time has now elapsed.
Those who were at ISRA Medical practice on Haldon St from Monday, October 5 at 6pm to Tuesday, October 6 at 6am should monitor for symptoms.
A pop-up testing clinic has been opened at the Lakemba Uniting Church.