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TL;DR news on NSW COVID at December 19, 2022

As few as three cases of whooping cough were recorded in NSW last month, compared to 565 in May 2019. NSW recorded no new cases of community transmission on Wednesday, but the man's wife and child have also since tested positive. Chief Health Office Kerry Chant said NSW Health was working with Victorian authorities to determine who in the family contracted the virus first. Already 243 people have been instructed to get tested and isolate while they await further instructions from NSW Health. However, Dr Chant downplayed those fears, saying NSW has also had occasions we have had transmission with very minimal contact. As with previous lockdowns, anyone travelling to NSW to escape lockdown conditions would find themselves forced to abide by them here, Ms Berejiklian said. The premier echoed that message, urging NSW residents to come forward for testing. Avatar AAP Share Twitter Facebook Reddit Pinterest Email NSW paramedics will take industrial action for 24 hours next week, vowing only to attend the most urgent, life threatening cases. Mr Hayes said in the past year paramedics had been exposed to COVID when required to transport positive patients, without adequate protective equipment.