19 March 2020

As at 11am today, an additional 40 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed, since our last update at 11am, March 18, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in NSW to 307.

Cases Count
Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 307
Cases tested and excluded 38,782
Total 39,089

Of the confirmed cases, approximately 5 people are currently in our Intensive Care Units. The majority of cases have mild disease and are in isolation at home.

A confirmed case attended the Rugby Australia Australian Club Championship post-match function, following a game between Sydney University and the University of Queensland Rugby Clubs. This function was held at the Sydney University Football Ground Function Room on Saturday 14 March starting at 7:30pm and finishing at 10:30pm. Those who attended the function are considered close contacts, and are required to home isolate until midnight Saturday 28 March.

NSW Health have been notified that a female patient, currently being treated at Shoalhaven Hospital has tested positive for COVID-19. NSW Health public health and infection control officers are urgently working with hospital staff to ensure all patients, staff and others who may have had close contact with the female patient are identified. These people are being contacted and will be in self-isolation for 14 days after their last contact with the confirmed case. Several mitigation strategies are in place to ensure continuity of service at Shoalhaven Hospital.

Confirmed cases to date

By likely source of infection

Source Count
Overseas acquired 129
Epi link (contact of confirmed case) 59
Under investigation 73
Unknown 46
Total 307

By sex and age group

Age group Female Male Total
10-19 5 6 11
20-29 24 18 42
30-39 43 36 79
40-49 22 35 57
50-59 22 28 50
60-69 19 28 47
70-79 5 6 11
80-89 3 3 6
90-100 4  0 4
Total 147 160 267

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, or visit a NSW Health COVID-19 / Flu assessment clinic should they become unwell.

Flight details of confirmed cases

  • Qantas flight QF2039 from Dubbo to Sydney, arriving 10 March 2020. Close contacts were in rows 1-4
  • Rex Airways flight XL852 from Sydney to Dubbo, arriving 10 March 2020. Close contacts were in rows 1-4
  • Cathay Pacific flight CX101 from Hong Kong to Sydney, arriving on 12 March 2020. Close contacts were in rows 33 – 42 
  • Jetstar flight JQ456 from Sydney to Ballina, arriving 12 March 2020. Close contacts were in rows 5-9
  • Qantas flight QF12 from Los Angeles to Sydney, arriving 13 March 2020. Close contacts were in rows 33-36
  • Jetstar flight JQ224 from Queenstown to Sydney, arriving 13 March 2020. Close contacts were in rows 1-3
  • Etihad flight EY454 from Abu Dhabi to Sydney, arriving 14 March 2020. Close contacts were in rows 79 – 83
  • Cebu Pacific flight 5J39 from Manila to Sydney, arriving on 15 March 2020. Close contacts were in rows 49 – 53
  • Qantas flight QF74 from San Francisco to Sydney, arriving 15 March 2020. Close contacts were in rows 40 – 44
  • Philippines Airlines flight PR211 from Melbourne to Sydney, arriving 15 March 2020. Close contacts were in rows 2-5
  • Jetstar flight JQ461 from Ballina to Sydney, arriving 15 March 2020. Close contacts were in rows 5-9
  • Virgin Australia flight VA815 from Melbourne to Sydney, arriving 16 March 2020. Close contacts were in rows 1 – 4
  • Qantas flight QF12 from Los Angeles to Sydney, arriving 16 March 2020. Close contacts were in rows 11 – 15
  • Etihad flight EY450 from Abu Dhabi to Sydney, arriving 16 March 2020. Close contacts were in rows 18 – 22
  • Virgin Australia flight VA24 from Los Angeles to Melbourne, arriving 16 March 2020. Close contacts were in rows 29-33
  • Scoot Airways flight TR12 from Singapore to Sydney, arriving 16 March 2020. Close contacts were in rows 7-11

A full list of flight details can be found at Known flights with confirmed cases of COVID-19

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. People without symptoms do not need to be tested.

The location of these clinics is available at COVID-19 clinics

Footage of the State Emergency Operations Centre is also available.​