The other two cases were revealed on Friday morning, with two Victorians who were visiting Bermagui on NSW’s far south coast over the New Year’s period testing positive.
NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said NSW was working with Victoria, but left it to them to reveal more details about the two cases, including how they caught the coronavirus.
A person who had travelled to Sydney and was suspected of passing the virus to the two Victorians has tested negative, Dr Chant said.
“We understand that there may be a lot of visitors who have travelled to that part over the festive season,” she said.
Contact tracers had also had some success linking the Croydon cluster in Sydney’s inner west to a case in Wollongong.
One person from each of the separate clusters was found to have eaten at the same Wollongong restaurant The Swallowed Anchor on the same date.
Dr Chant said genomic testing showed the cases originated from the northern beaches, but how is still unknown.
She wanted to see higher testing rates.
“It’s good to see those numbers up at 32,000. Can I say, can we really get them higher, as high as possible,” Dr Chant said
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the government was always worried when it couldn’t establish case links.
“That’s why those cases in western Sydney are a big concern for us,” she said.
Two of those three new mystery cases were close contacts.
Ms Berejiklian said Victoria’s border closure would divert resources needed to help the community and ensure compliance elsewhere.
“I think we’re better off asking the community to come forward to get tested, cutting off those chains of transmission,” Ms Berejiklian said.
NSW Police assistant commissioner Mick Willing was generally pleased with how revellers behaved overnight.
“The CBD area itself was as quiet as we will ever see it,” he said.
Five businesses and 70 people were fined for breaching health restrictions.

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