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Virus NSW Update -school and creche closed

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SYDNEY, Oct 17 AAP - COVID-19 testing will be ramped up in a southwest Sydney suburb where cases have been identified at a high school and childcare centre.

Saturday sport has been cancelled for Oran Park High School where a student has tested positive to coronavirus, prompting authorities to direct all staff and pupils to self isolate.

"Weekend activities at the school, including basketball and physical culture have been paused," NSW Education said in a statement.

Classrooms will be deep cleaned.

At nearby Great Beginnings Child Care Centre, a family and a staff member have tested positive, public health officials confirmed.

They are linked to a case confirmed on Tuesday which prompted the centre's lockdown.

All staff and children who attended the centre between October 2 and Tuesday must get tested and self-isolate for a fortnight.

NSW recorded five new cases on Friday, one locally-acquired and linked to a Lakemba cluster in southwest Sydney which has grown to 16.

The four other cases were detected in hotel quarantine.

This weekend brings eased restrictions in NSW for outdoor venues, with up to 500 people allowed to attend open-air concerts so long as they stay seated and four metres apart.

Limits on outdoor dining venues have also been relaxed, allowing one patron per two square metres with venues to use an electronic QR code to record contact details.

Meanwhile, the NSW government on Saturday conditionally approved more than 350 skilled workers from Fiji to help fill a labour shortage in the state's abattoirs.

Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall said the first intake was expected in mid- November.

He said the arrivals would not be considered part of the airport cap and workers would be required to undergo the same stringent quarantine requirements as other international arrivals.

"This is a common-sense solution to minimise disruption to supply chains and an important step towards securing the state's food supply," Mr Marshall said.

"We have worked closely with industry to understand what labour is required during these challenging times."

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