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Masks, gatherings restricted as Sydney confirms second COVID case



Parts of NSW will return to mandatory mask-wearing and restrictions on private gatherings after a second community case of coronavirus was confirmed on Thursday.

The wife of the man from Sydney’s eastern suburbs who tested positive on Wednesday, sparking the fresh alarm, was also diagnosed with COVID on Thursday.

It came as state health authorities said genomic testing had linked both infections to a returned traveller from the US in hotel quarantine in Sydney.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said “precautionary measures” would return across the greater Sydney, Illawarra and central coast areas from 5pm Thursday.

“We know that the incubation period of this virus is 14 days and everybody has to be on high alert moving forward,…

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