21 April 2020

As at 8pm, Monday 20 April 2020, an additional six cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed since 8pm 19 April, bringing the total to 2,969. During that time, 2,502 people were tested.

Cases Count
Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 2,969
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 30
Cases tested and excluded 168,159
Total perso​ns tested 171,158

There have been no further deaths related to COVID-19 in the 24 hours up until 8pm Monday 20 April.

NSW Health can now confirm the number of people in NSW who have recovered from COVID-19. That figure as at 8pm Monday 20 April is 1,755.

To find out how long it takes people infected with COVID-19 to recover, NSW Health staff have begun contacting all cases at three weeks after their illness to ask them about their COVID-19 symptoms.

Cases whose symptoms have resolved are asked to report the date this occurred. Cases who still have symptoms are called every two weeks until symptoms have resolved.

A preliminary analysis on information collected from over 2,000 case interviews showed:

  • 50 per cent of cases had recovered after 16 days
  • 75 per cent of cases had recovered after 3 weeks
  • 95 per cent of cases had recovered after 6 weeks.

Older people were found to take longer to recover than younger people. These data will be updated as more cases are interviewed.

There are currently 249 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health. This includes 21 people being treated in Intensive Care Units, with 17 of those requiring ventilators. Of the 249, 194 are being treated through Hospital in the Home or out-of- hospital care.

An 84-year-old woman from an independent living retirement village in Dee Why has been hospitalised with COVID-19. One of her family members is also a case and investigations are ongoing.

There has been one more confirmed case of COVID-19 at the Anglicare Newmarch House aged care facility in Caddens, bringing the total to 42 cases (14 staff and 28 residents).

The Centrelink call centre in Tuggerah where a staff member was diagnosed with COVID-19 remains open. Five close contacts in the workplace with symptoms are being tested and other staff who may have been in close contact with the affected staff member are self-isolating. The site is open for all other staff.

There have been no new cases on board the Ruby Princess nor any new cases of Ruby Princess crew members in NSW Health facilities.

There have been no new cases from returning travellers in the 24 hours up until 8pm Monday April 20.

Anyone living or working in areas where community transmission has been identified in NSW who is feeling unwell with a fever and cough or other symptoms of COVID- 19, should get tested.

Areas of concern for community transmission in NSW are listed on the NSW Health website. This week the focus areas include the LGA areas of Blacktown, Canada Bay, Cumberland, Goulburn Mulwaree, Inner West, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith, Randwick, Ryde, Waverley and Woollahra.

Anyone who works in a healthcare setting, residential care setting (including aged care, disability services), boarding schools, prisons or detention centres should be tested for COVID-19 if they develop any symptoms, including fever, cough or shortness of breath.

The locations of COVID-19 clinics are available.

NSW Health is alerting passengers who were close contacts of cases on flights to monitor for symptoms, and contact their GP, (call ahead before visiting), or call healthdirect on 1800 022 222, or visit a NSW Health COVID-19/Flu assessment clinic should they become unwell.

Confirmed cases to date

By outcome

Outcome Total
Recovered 1,755
Not recovered 233
Less than three weeks from symptom onset / data not available 951
Died 30
Total confirmed cases 2,969

By sex and age group*

Age group Female Male Total
0-9 14 16 30
10-19 48 44 92
20-29 353 281 634
30-39 249 245 494
40-49 158 211 369
50-59 222 219 441
60-69 238
227 465
70-79 145 166 311
80-89 45 51 96
90-100 22 15 37

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

By likely source of infection

Source Change in past 24 hours Cases
Overseas acquired 0 1,738
Interstate acquired 1 68
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 5 795
Locally acquired – contact not identified 2 360
Under investigation -2 8
Total 6 2,969

* Counts reported for a particular day may vary over time with ongoing enhance surveillance activities.​​