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Summary for the week ending 12 June 2021

There were no locally acquired cases reported in the week ending 5 June 2021.

  • There were no locally acquired cases reported in the week ending 12 June 2021.
  • There were 19 cases reported in overseas returned travellers this week, up 58% compared to the previous week.
  • In the four weeks ending 12 June 2021, 26% (15/58) of overseas acquired cases have been identified as having COVID-19 variants of concern [alpha (B.1.1.7), beta (B.1.351), gamma (P.1) and delta/kappa (B.1.617)].
  • Since March 2021, eight (2%) overseas acquired COVID-19 cases self-reported being fully vaccinated prior to arrival in Australia.
  • Testing rates decreased compared to the previous week in most LHDs. There were high testing rates in Western NSW and Hunter New England LHDs.
  • The NSW Sewage Surveillance Program reported four detections – taken from the Malabar (two detections) and Castle Hill - Cattai sewage treatment plants and the sewage network at Botany (within the Malabar catchment). The Malabar catchments include quarantine hotels. Although no active cases were identified in Castle Hill sewage catchment area, the detection may indicate the presence of people in the community who have recently been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 but may no longer be infectious. People can continue to shed fragments of the virus for several weeks.
  • On 10 June 2021, Queensland reported a locally acquired case, who was infected in Melbourne, likely in late May. The locally acquired case travelled with their partner, who was reported as a COVID-19 case on 11 June 2021, from Melbourne to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland via NSW while potentially infectious, stopping at regional locations including Gillenbah, Forbes, Dubbo and Moree. NSW Health is continuing to contact trace and identify any close or casual contacts based on exposure locations. No transmission related to these cases has been identified in NSW to date. For updated information on case locations and alerts in NSW please see Case locations and alerts.

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