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New coronavirus cases at Sydney school, daycare

Staff and students at a Sydney high school have been told to monitor for symptoms after a confirmed coronavirus case was linked to the school, while two new cases have been linked to a daycare centre in the same suburb.Weekend activities have been cancelled at Oran Park High School in the city’s southwest after a…

Staff and students at a Sydney high school have been told to monitor for symptoms after a confirmed coronavirus case was linked to the school, while two new cases have been linked to a daycare centre in the same suburb.

Weekend activities have been cancelled at Oran Park High School in the city’s southwest after a student contracted the disease, as NSW Health announced two fresh cases had emerged from the Great Beginnings Child Care Centre.

Oran Park High posted to Facebook on Friday afternoon its facilities would be closed for deep cleaning over the weekend.

A NSW Education spokesperson said in a statement the department was working closely with NSW Health to ensure the safety of the community.

“Staff and students at Oran Park High School have been asked to self-isolate after a student tested positive for COVID-19,” the statement read.

“Contact tracing has commenced and the school will be thoroughly cleaned over the weekend.

“Weekend activities at the school including basketball and physical culture have been paused at this time.

“HSC students have not been affected as only years 7 and 8 students currently attend Oran Park High School.”

NSW Health issued an alert of its own soon after revealing two new cases had been linked to Great Beginnings Oran Park, stemming from another case reported on Tuesday.

“The new cases, a family and an educator, attended the centre and are linked to a confirmed case previously reported on 13 October,” it said in a statement.

Anyone who attended the centre between October 2 and 13 is considered a close contact and must be tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days from the date they last attended.

Great Beginnings has been closed since Tuesday.

It comes as health authorities seek to suppress a trend of community transmission in southwest Sydney, with clusters recently emerging in Lakemba.

There are also warnings in place for the Macarthur region after a confirmed case visited the Bargo Hotel, Narellan Town Centre and Spotlight Plaza in Campbelltown on September 26.

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