NSW coronavirus death toll rises to 55

Potential contacts are warned to watch for symptoms after a Sydney taxi driver tested positive.
Potential contacts are warned to watch for symptoms after a Sydney taxi driver tested positive.

Another person has died of coronavirus in NSW, while a major contact tracing operation is underway after a COVID-positive taxi driver worked while potentially infectious.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the latest fatality, a man aged in his 70s, died at Royal North Shore Hospital on Saturday, bringing the state's death toll to 55.

The state has recorded just two new COVID-19 cases, one in hotel quarantine.

The other is a taxi-driver who tested positive on Saturday and NSW Health says anyone who entered his vehicle between September 8 and 18 should monitor for symptoms.

His taxi trips during that time spanned the suburbs of Moorebank, Bankstown, Chipping Norton, Liverpool, Lidcombe, Warwick Farm and Milperra.

Early investigations indicate the driver likely contracted the virus at Liverpool Hospital. He had the COVIDSafe app which is being used to identify contacts.

NSW Health is also working with the driver and 13CABS to identify passengers.

The cab driver also stopped at several places for food during this period, meaning all people in those locations are considered close contacts.

The locations include Campbelltown Golf Club in Glen Alpine on September 16 between 2pm and 4.30pm in the TAB area, and Milton Ulladulla Ex Servos Club on September 12 from 2 to 6.15pm.

He also visited Carlo's Italian Ristorante Bar and Seafood in Ulladulla on September 12 from 8pm to 9.30pm, and Bannisters Pavilion Rooftop Bar and Grill in Mollymook on September 13 from 12.30pm to 2.15pm.

Casual contacts are considered to be those who attended Picnic Point Bowling Club on September 18 from 3pm to 6pm, and Campbelltown Gold Club in Glen Alpine on September 16 from 9.30am to 2pm.

NSW Health said taxi passengers should sit in the back seat and wear a mask.

It comes as NSW prepares to accept an additional 500 returned travellers each week into its hotel quarantine system.

The increase will start from September 27 and will take the state's intake to about 3000 a week.

Australian Associated Press