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NSW records seven new COVID-19 cases with most linked to Thai restuarant

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New South Wales has recorded just seven new coronavirus cases overnight with all but one linked to a western Sydney Thai restaurant.

Six of the new cases have been linked to Thai Rock Restaurant in Stockland Mall, Wetherill Park, while the other comes from an unidentified source.

A total of 52 cases are now associated with the Thai restaurant while 56 are linked to the Crossroads Hotel cluster, in Sydney’s south-west. 

There have been 3,451 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 51 deaths in the state. 

Meanwhile Victoria has recorded 300 new coronavirus cases with six more deaths – 2,240 cases have been confirmed in the state since last Friday.

Two-hundred and six people are in hospital while 41 are in intensive care units. 

Six of the new cases have been linked to Thai Rock Restaurant in Stockland Mall, Wetherill Park, while the other comes from an unidentified source

Six of the new cases have been linked to Thai Rock Restaurant in Stockland Mall, Wetherill Park, while the other comes from an unidentified source

Six of the new cases have been linked to Thai Rock Restaurant in Stockland Mall, Wetherill Park, while the other comes from an unidentified source 

A driver is given a COVID-19 test at a drive-through clinic at Bondi Beach

A driver is given a COVID-19 test at a drive-through clinic at Bondi Beach

A driver is given a COVID-19 test at a drive-through clinic at Bondi Beach

All pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants will be limited to a maximum of 300 customers from Friday (pictured, diners outside a Sydney cafe)

All pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants will be limited to a maximum of 300 customers from Friday (pictured, diners outside a Sydney cafe)

All pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants will be limited to a maximum of 300 customers from Friday (pictured, diners outside a Sydney cafe)

A new suite of COVID-19 measures will also come into place for hospitality venues in NSW from Friday.

The changes include mandatory sign-ins, prepared COVID-safe plans, a cap of 300 people and maximum group bookings of 10.

Caps for private indoor and outdoor gatherings in NSW remain at 20.

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner declared Port Stephens a coronavirus hotspot on Thursday, meaning anyone who has been there in the past 14 days must undergo two weeks of supervised quarantine upon arrival in the NT at their own cost, or return home.

People from Fairfield in Sydney’s southwest, along with those from Liverpool, Campbelltown and the state of Victoria who travel into Queensland will be directed to hotel quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.

This includes those who have spent any time in the suburbs, not just those who live in them.

Fairfield was added to the list after 46 diagnoses were confirmed in connection to an outbreak at the Thai Rock restaurant at Stockland Mall in Wetherill Park.

An army of nurses swab drivers in Bondi for COVID-19 at a drive-through testing clinic

An army of nurses swab drivers in Bondi for COVID-19 at a drive-through testing clinic

An army of nurses swab drivers in Bondi for COVID-19 at a drive-through testing clinic

Wedding receptions will be a little different as dancing and mingling are banned, with guests being urged to remain seated instead (pictured, a couple outside Sydney Opera House)

Wedding receptions will be a little different as dancing and mingling are banned, with guests being urged to remain seated instead (pictured, a couple outside Sydney Opera House)

Wedding receptions will be a little different as dancing and mingling are banned, with guests being urged to remain seated instead (pictured, a couple outside Sydney Opera House)

NSW recorded 19 new cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday, including three in hotel quarantine, with almost 25,000 tests conducted.

The cluster associated with the Crossroads Hotel in Casula has grown to 56 after three new cases were reported on Thursday.

Three other cases recorded on Thursday remain under investigation by NSW Health.

An aged care facility in Sydney’s inner west was closed to visitors after a staff member tested positive with NSW reporting 19 new cases.

Tomaree Public School and High School, Goodstart childcare centre at Anna Bay, Woolworths supermarket at Salamander Bay Village and Fingal Bay Cafe and Takeaway have all undergone deep cleaning after being exposed to a person with the coronavirus. 

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Architect, 32, transforms his home into a lush garden with more than 400 plants

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An architect with a penchant for all things green has transformed his city home into a lush ‘rainforest’ after years of collecting rare and unusual plants.

Jason Chongue, from Melbourne, has a stunning greenery collection with more than 400 strong plants that have since become a part of the décor.

With little outdoor space to work with, the 32-year-old interior designer brought his gardening indoors – and has since filled every corner of his home with potted and hanging plants of all shape and sizes.

Architect Jason Chongue (pictured) has a stunning greenery collection that now spans more than 400 strong plants that have all become a part of the décor

Architect Jason Chongue (pictured) has a stunning greenery collection that now spans more than 400 strong plants that have all become a part of the décor

Architect Jason Chongue (pictured) has a stunning greenery collection that now spans more than 400 strong plants that have all become a part of the décor

‘The last count was over 400 plants indoors and outdoors there is plenty more,’ Jason told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Filling my home with plants was an organic result of not having enough outdoor space to feed my gardening obsession. 

‘When you live in a dense urban community, outdoor space comes at a premium, so the answer was gardening indoors. There are so many indoor plants that can thrive in our indoor world.’

His obsession with plants started organically when he helped his parents and grandparents with gardening at a ‘very young age’.

I was infatuated with nature and greenery, from plants to pets I was obsessed. I would spend my days in the garden, growing and experimenting with anything I could get my hands on,’ he said.

‘Over the years I’ve explored a range of plant types and species, but the collection has grown and evolved. Some plants I have with me now are from my childhood, whilst others are additions and others have been passed on to me.

‘My obsession with plants comes from my passion for greenery and how plants can make the world of difference in our living spaces.’

He turned his home into an indoor garden after years of collecting rare and unusual plants

He turned his home into an indoor garden after years of collecting rare and unusual plants

He turned his home into an indoor garden after years of collecting rare and unusual plants

Jason’s top five tips to styling a home with plants

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1. PLAN WELL: When it comes to curating plants in small spaces it pays to sit down and plan out the overall look you are wanting to achieve. This might include how many plants, where they will go and the style you envisage. This will give you a clear direction when you are sourcing plants and planters.

2. DON’T BE CHARMED BY LOOKS: We all make the mistake of choosing plants purely by how they look. It’s more important to choose plants for your space by the natural lighting conditions they require.

3. KNOW WHO YOU ARE AS A GARDENER: If you are nervous about gardening, then choose plants that are easy to care for and low maintenance. Start with a handful of plants and slowly build up your garden once you get a handle on how to care for your plants.

4. BE YOURSELF. DON’T FALL FOR FADS: We’re fortunate to have so many great creative in our communities. This gives us a great opportunity to have unique planters that have been lovingly designed or made by hand. You don’t have to follow the trends but instead use planters that relate to you.

5. ALWAYS EXPERIMENT: A great gardener always pushes the boundaries of what they grow. You’ll find yourself growing indoor plants to edibles and then to every plant type there is out there. It’s great to try new species and plant types to challenge your skill set into other areas.

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His indoor plant sanctuary has brought a source of great joy into his life, allowing him to ‘escape my daily urban life’.

‘Walking into our home is comforting and grounding. It’s become a haven where the air is fresh, and the greenery forms a mental escape,’ Jason explained. 

‘When indoor spaces are predominately hard edged and man-made it’s so nice softening these spaces with plants that evolve over time. 

‘Through the act of gardening it’s relaxing for me to get my hands into soil or prune my plants on a daily basis. It’s an escape from my daily life.’

And what started as a passion quickly blossomed into a growing business. 

His indoor plant sanctuary has brought a source of great joy into his life and allows him to 'escape my daily urban life'

His indoor plant sanctuary has brought a source of great joy into his life and allows him to 'escape my daily urban life'

His indoor plant sanctuary has brought a source of great joy into his life and allows him to ‘escape my daily urban life’

The 32-year-old interior designer said he has spent years of collecting rare and unusual plants

The 32-year-old interior designer said he has spent years of collecting rare and unusual plants

The 32-year-old interior designer said he has spent years of collecting rare and unusual plants

In August 2016, he co-founded The Plant Society, a ‘plant social network’ for like-minded growers, collectors and gardeners.

‘Having co-founded The Plant Society, plants have definitely changed my life. It’s nice being able to motivate the wider community about the benefits of greenery but also be there to help support them,’ he said. 

‘Life can become hectic and gardening allows us to slow down and reflect.’

With hundreds of plants under his roof, Jason said he checks all his greenery every day to ensure they are getting enough light, water and nutrition. 

Life can become hectic and gardening allows us to slow down and reflect

‘On a daily basis I spend thirty minutes to an hour gardening in the morning and then I spend an hour or so after work tending to my plants. Once a week I spend a solid block of one to two hours getting more intricate tasks done,’ he said.

When his family and friends visit his home, Jason said they’re always ‘amazed’ with his spectacular indoor garden.  

‘It’s always a surprise when you walk through the front door of our home. They are amazed, but also not entirely in shock, as gardening has always been a part of who I am. It’s nice seeing how happy they are when they come over,’ he said.

His obsession with plants started organically when he helped his parents and grandparents with gardening at a 'very young age'

His obsession with plants started organically when he helped his parents and grandparents with gardening at a 'very young age'

His obsession with plants started organically when he helped his parents and grandparents with gardening at a ‘very young age’

What started as a passion quickly blossomed into a growing business. In August 2016, he co-founded The Plant Society , a 'plant social network' for like-minded people

What started as a passion quickly blossomed into a growing business. In August 2016, he co-founded The Plant Society , a 'plant social network' for like-minded people

What started as a passion quickly blossomed into a growing business. In August 2016, he co-founded The Plant Society , a ‘plant social network’ for like-minded people

With hundreds of plants under his roof, Jason said he checks all his greenery every day to ensure they are getting enough water and light

With hundreds of plants under his roof, Jason said he checks all his greenery every day to ensure they are getting enough water and light

With hundreds of plants under his roof, Jason said he checks all his greenery every day to ensure they are getting enough water and light

For first time planters, Jason said there are five basic things to keep in mind when buying plants for your home.

‘Focus on the fundamentals. Plants are alive. They thrive off the fundamentals of water, light and nutrition. Keep on top of these to allow your plants to thrive,’ he said.

‘Take it slow. There is no rush when it comes to gardening. Don’t force instant results. The plant world is on a journey of its own so make sure to slow down and enjoy the process of gardening.

‘Plants don’t thrive off neglect. Check in on your plants regularly, my tip is every week or two. You want to nurture your plants and also catch any plant problems early.

‘When you have plant problems, don’t panic. Try to systematically pin point the problem and this will provide you with the solution. Like humans, plant illness and diseases will take time to resolve. Keep treating until the problem has disappeared.

‘And speak up. From when I first began gardening and even now I’m always asking for advice. With a multitude of plant types, you’ll always need help from family, friends, neighbors and online plant friends.’

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Bachelor Matty ‘J’ Johnson to give evidence to police after breaking up a fight

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The Bachelor’s Matthew ‘Matty J’ Johnson and Laura Byrne recently returned from a family holiday in Byron Bay with their one-year-old daughter Marlie Mae.   

And on Saturday, Matty revealed that their final day in the NSW coastal town ended in a very dramatic fashion.  

On Nova’s Matt, Sarah and Matty J show, the 33-year-old explained that he broke up a fight after two young guys tackled an elderly couple. 

Hero move: On Nova's Matt, Sarah and Matty J show, Matty J (pictured) explained that he broke up a fight after two young guys tackled an elderly couple

Hero move: On Nova's Matt, Sarah and Matty J show, Matty J (pictured) explained that he broke up a fight after two young guys tackled an elderly couple

Hero move: On Nova’s Matt, Sarah and Matty J show, Matty J (pictured) explained that he broke up a fight after two young guys tackled an elderly couple

‘I’m looking around, the park is really busy, everyone is frozen and shocked,’ he said. 

‘I dropped my phone and start running full pelt, running, there is not a thought in my mind, I just know I have to save this couple. I tackled the guy, I bring him to the ground…I had him pinned to the ground.’ 

He continued: ‘Next thing I’ve got one guy pinned to the ground, I’m holding another one back and everyone’s come over, the police have arrived.’ 

To the rescue: Thankfully the radio host came out of the skirmish unharmed, however he did reveal that he will have to give evidence to the police

To the rescue: Thankfully the radio host came out of the skirmish unharmed, however he did reveal that he will have to give evidence to the police

To the rescue: Thankfully the radio host came out of the skirmish unharmed, however he did reveal that he will have to give evidence to the police

Thankfully the radio host came out of the skirmish unharmed, however he did reveal that he will ‘have to give evidence to the police’. 

On Thursday, Matty and his wife Laura announced that they are expecting their second child together. 

‘Marlie-Mae learning shocked face couldn’t have been timed any better.. WE’RE HAVING A BABY!’ Matty, 32, wrote alongside a family photo on Instagram.

‘Please brace yourself for twice the amount of dad jokes,’ he added. 

Incoming! The Bachelor's Matthew Johnson and Laura Byrne announced they're expecting their second child together on Thursday. Pictured with daughter Marlie-Mae Rose

Incoming! The Bachelor's Matthew Johnson and Laura Byrne announced they're expecting their second child together on Thursday. Pictured with daughter Marlie-Mae Rose

Incoming! The Bachelor’s Matthew Johnson and Laura Byrne announced they’re expecting their second child together on Thursday. Pictured with daughter Marlie-Mae Rose

‘I reckon we’ve kept this little beach ball under wraps for long enough….. Halfway to number 2,’ Laura, 31, wrote in a separate post shared to her own account.

‘A big shout out to @matthewdavidjohnson for his contribution,’ she cheekily added.

‘You’re hands down my favourite Bachelor, I love you forever and our little family.’

Exciting: 'I reckon we've kept this little beach ball under wraps for long enough..... Halfway to number 2,' Laura, 31, wrote in a separate post shared to her own account

Exciting: 'I reckon we've kept this little beach ball under wraps for long enough..... Halfway to number 2,' Laura, 31, wrote in a separate post shared to her own account

Exciting: ‘I reckon we’ve kept this little beach ball under wraps for long enough….. Halfway to number 2,’ Laura, 31, wrote in a separate post shared to her own account

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Students at one of Sydney’s most elite school’s boast about their luxury facilities

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Students at one of Sydney’s most exclusive private schools have shared videos boasting about a luxury ‘$50million gym and library with a harbour view’.

Sydney Church of England Grammar School, also known as the Shore School, sits in Sydney’s North Shore.

Students recently uploaded a video to TikTok as part of a viral trend showing off the school’s facilities.

The video, which has since been taken down, showed students looking out at views of the Harbour Bridge from the comfort of their library.

Students recently uploaded a video to TikTok as part of a viral trend showing off the school's facilities

Students recently uploaded a video to TikTok as part of a viral trend showing off the school's facilities

Students recently uploaded a video to TikTok as part of a viral trend showing off the school’s facilities

Sydney Church of England Grammar School, also known as the Shore School, sits in Sydney's North Shore

Sydney Church of England Grammar School, also known as the Shore School, sits in Sydney's North Shore

Sydney Church of England Grammar School, also known as the Shore School, sits in Sydney’s North Shore

The video also showed the school’s gym, which includes treadmills, stationary cycling bikes and weight-lifting facilities. 

The $33,000-a-year school sits on a eight-hectare block and features classrooms, lecture theatres and a 500-seat auditorium, according to the school’s website.

There are cricket nets, as well as tennis and basketball courts, two squash courts and a 25-metre swimming pool and diving facilities. 

There are also boarding facilities and a chapel on campus as well. 

There are other incredible facilities at the $33,000-per-year school that weren't included in the video

There are other incredible facilities at the $33,000-per-year school that weren't included in the video

There are other incredible facilities at the $33,000-per-year school that weren’t included in the video

The Shore School’s student’s video went viral, with other school children from across the country making similar clips to compare facilities. 

However, administration were not impressed with the video posted on TikTok.

A spokesman for the school told the Daily Telegraph the students involved were told to remove the clip as it breached the school’s social media policy.

Students are allowed to use mobile phones on campus, and footage shot inside of the school is also banned from appearing online.

A spokesman for the school told the Daily Telegraph the students involved were told to remove the clip as it breached the school's social media policy

A spokesman for the school told the Daily Telegraph the students involved were told to remove the clip as it breached the school's social media policy

A spokesman for the school told the Daily Telegraph the students involved were told to remove the clip as it breached the school’s social media policy

Those involved were told not to do it again. 

David Shoebridge, NSW Greens MLC, called the footage ‘deeply offensive’. 

‘Students can see how unfair and unbalanced school funding is,’ Mr Shoebridge said.

‘It’s just extraordinary how most politicians can’t.’ 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Shore School for comment. 

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