July 1, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

NSW Health and the state’s chief health officer Kerry Chant have recommended a number of measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 as two new subvariants are expected to become dominant in the state and cause a rise in COVID infections and reinfections.

According to the state health department’s Respiratory Surveillance Report, the overall proportion of cases detected through PCR testing that are likely to be either the BA.4 or BA.5 subvariants, increased to 35 per cent in the week ending June 25, up three per cent on the previous week.

Cases in NSW have already started to rise, with reported daily infection numbers back above 10,000 for the past three days, for the first time in over a month.

“We all have a role to play in reducing the spread and burden of respiratory infections this winter and protecting our most vulnerable so I strongly encourage everyone to keep doing the little things that make a big difference, such as staying home when you are sick, washing your hands regularly and indoor mask-wearing,” said Chant.

In the public statement containing Chant’s comments, released by the Minister for Health, other recommendations to help keep COVID-19 infection rates down included taking a rapid antigen test before attending larger events and holding gatherings either outdoors or in large well-ventilated spaces with open doors or windows.