Paramedics shocked by crowded beaches as Illawarra COVID cases escalate

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Fragments of the virus were also detected in the local sewage network at Gerroa, on the south coast, where there are no known cases. According to the local health district, of the new cases announced on Sunday, more than 60 per cent were aged under 40. Paramedics say they were “gobsmacked” to see so many people on local beaches over the weekend.(

Investigations are underway into the source of 35 of the new cases, with 18 linked to previously reported infections. There were 35 in the Wollongong local government area (LGA), 15 in the Shellharbour LGA, one in the Kiama area and two new cases in the Shoalhaven.

Ten residents are being treated for the virus in the Wollongong Hospital. Of the 1,262 new cases across New South Wales, 53 were confirmed in the Illawarra Shoalhaven local health district on Sunday, up from 37 on Saturday.

Read more Duty operations manager with NSW Ambulance Norm Rees said he was disappointed to see so many people breaching public health orders when paramedics were called to a job at Port Kembla beach on Saturday. Did you hear something snap this week? It was the sound of the last vestiges of any national policy coherence being tossed aside.

)Catch up on the main COVID-19 news from September 12 with a look back at our blog’Absolutely gobsmacked’ by beach crowdsNSW’s march towards freedom Supplied

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