28 March 2020

As at 8pm, Friday 27 March 2020, an additional 212 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed, since 8pm 26 March, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in NSW to 1,617.

Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NS​​W health care facilities)1,617
Cases tested and excluded84,907

There are currently 147 COVID-19 cases being treated in NSW, including 22 cases in our Intensive Care Units and, of those, 11 require ventilators at this stage.

What these figures reveal is that​ testing for COVID-19 is occurring at a significant rate across the state and we urge everyone to follow NSW Health advice about social distancing, personal hygiene and staying at home wherever possible.

Sadly, a female patient in her 90s passed away in hospital this morning. This patient was a resident of the Dorothy Henderson Lodge.

NSW Health passes on our condolences to the family of this patient. Eight people have now died in NSW having tested positive to COVID-19.

Two international flights arrived in Sydney overnight and this morning with 245 passengers. Airport screening was immediately commenced, including symptom assessment and temperature, and no passengers were identified as being unwell.

These passengers include numerous doctors and nurses who had been attending a health convention on-board who had not been able to berth off the South American coast.

All passengers are subject to the requirement for 14 day isolation under Ministerial direction. This includes those who were able to safety return to their place of residence as well as around 150 people who are in quarantine in two Sydney hotels.

The passengers were from the Roald Amundsen and Scenic Eclipse cruises which were unable to berth in South America.

NSW Health will assist should there be any further need for COVID-19 testing or medical care requiring transport to hospital.

There are 171 confirmed cases diagnosed in NSW who were on board the Ruby Princess.

A school teacher working at Ashcroft High School is a confirmed case who attended school for one day while infectious, but did not teach classes. A small number of students and staff have been identified as close contacts and are being contacted by the Department of Education.

There are two confirmed cases at a Sydney childcare centre - a two-year-old child and a childcare worker.

A three-year-old child who is a household contact of an overseas case has confirmed COVID-19. The child is in self-isolation.

Two confirmed cases from a group of 100 Chilean navy personnel are self-isolating in hotels in Sydney. Investigations and contact tracing underway.

A fourth case has been confirmed at the Opal Bankstown residential aged care facility.

NSW Health is providing information to keep the community informed about COVID-19 while also protecting the privacy of patients. We will keep providing information to the people of NSW as it becomes available.

NSW Health is alerting passengers who were close contacts on 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.

Everyone can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practising social distancing, thorough hand washing, cough etiquette and staying home if they’re unwell. Learn how to protect yourself and others.

Confirmed cases to ​date

By sex and age group​

Age groupFemaleMale Total
0-95 38
10-19 211839
20-29 191136327
30-39 133130263
40-49 95120215
50-59​​ 128131259
60-69 140122262
70-79 8492176
80-89 203252
90-100 9615

*Note: Excludes cases notified without a date of birth and/or gender.

By likely source of infection

Overseas acquired 1,004
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 316
Locally acquired – contact not identified 170
Under investigation 127