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Nine virus cases as NSW restrictions eased

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The first of NSW's COVID-19 restrictions has been eased as nine new coronavirus cases are confirmed across the state.

The changes, implemented from Friday, allow up to two adults and their dependent children to visit another household anywhere across the state.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged people to behave responsibly and said social distancing must still be maintained as well as extra hygiene precautions, particularly when visiting people aged over 70 or those with underlying health conditions.

The premier on Friday said more than 7000 people were tested for coronavirus in the previous 24 hours and urged people to come forward for testing over the weekend when testing numbers usually drop.

"Please come forward even if you have the mildest symptoms," she told reporters in Sydney.

"You don't need to wait until Monday. You could be unintentionally passing on the disease without knowing you have it."

NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant on Friday said of the nine new cases, three are residents at the Anglicare-run Newmarch House aged care home, four are community transmission cases and one is under investigation.

There are now 3025 COVID-10 cases across the state including 37 residents and 22 staff members at Newmarch House in western Sydney.

Dr Chant also confirmed the death of a 74-year-old male resident of Newmarch House.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths at the facility to 13.

It is NSW's 43rd coronavirus death, taking the national toll to 93.

The NSW government on Friday released heat maps that identify COVID-19 cases by postcode and show how many people have recovered, the estimated number of active local cases and the number of tests completed.

The premier hopes the maps will encourage more people with symptoms to come forward for testing when they see the impact COVID-19 is having on their local area.

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