As at 11am today, an additional 39 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed since our last update at 11am, March 16, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in NSW to 210.
NSW Health is alerting passengers who were close contacts on the following flights to monitor for symptoms, and contact their GP, but call ahead first, or call healthdirect on 1800 022 222 should they become unwell.
NSW Health COVID-19 / Flu assessment clinics are up and running across the state however, we stress these clinics are for those most at risk with respiratory symptoms or fever, those returning from overseas or in contact with a COVID-19 case, or people like our health workers.
It is vital that these respiratory clinics are not overwhelmed with people who are not in the high risk groups, which could result in delays identifying those most vulnerable.
For the location of these clinics refer to COVID-19 clinics.
These clinics are currently assisting with the assessment and testing of people with fever, cough or flu-like symptoms who are returned travellers or a contact of a confirmed case.
Everyone should practice social distancing, as it reduces the potential for transmission.
Social distancing is an effective measure, but it is recognised that it cannot be practised in all situations and the aim is to generally reduce potential for transmission.
While practising social distancing, people can travel to work (including public transport). For non-essential activities outside the workplace or attendance at schools, universities and childcare - social distancing includes:
The NSW Government today announced a major $2.3 billion health boost and economic stimulus package to help address the COVID-19 outbreak, including $700 million in extra health funding.