05 July 2020

There have been 14 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases to 3,230. All new cases were in returned overseas travellers now in hotel quarantine.

Four residents of Newmarch House tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday after displaying symptoms of respiratory illness.

A passenger tested for COVID-19 after arriving in Sydney by train on Saturday morning has returned a negative result. This person was a NSW resident who got on the XPT train in regional NSW, not Victoria, and then self-presented with influenza like illness at Central Station.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 3,230
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 51
Cases reported recovered2,799
Total tests carried out 942,432

A total of 18,144 tests were notified in the reporting period, compared with 16,556 tests in the previous 24 hours. NSW has carried out more than 940,000 COVID-19 tests.

There are 69 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health, with one in intensive care. This person does not require a ventilator. Almost all these cases (97 per cent) are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care. In NSW, 2,799 people are known to have recovered from COVID-19.

The Victorian Premier announced a further two Melbourne postcodes as ‘hotspots’, 3031 (Flemington and Kensington) and 3051 (North Melbourne and Hotham Hill) in addition to previously identified hotspots People in these postcodes are subject to a stay at home order as of 11:59pm, 4 July 2020. The location of current COVID-19 Melbourne (hotspots) are available from Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

A person who has been in a hotspot location within the last 14 days must not travel to NSW unless:

  • they are a NSW resident
  • they are entering NSW to obtain medical or other care, to fulfil a legal obligation or give effect to a Court order, or to provide an essential service.

If a person who has been in a hotspot location within the last 14 days is already in NSW or arrives in NSW, they must self-isolate for 14 days from the time they were last in a COVID hotspot location. The person must comply with the NSW Health self-isolation guidelines. They cannot go to work, unless providing an essential service and should check whether their employer has additional requirements around work attendance. They cannot go to school, childcare, recreation facilities, public areas, sightseeing or go shopping.

There are only limited reasons a person in self-isolation can leave their home, including obtaining medical care, complying with legal obligations, providing an essential service, in an emergency or to leave NSW.

In addition, people who have travelled to any part of Melbourne must not visit sensitive settings including aged care facilities and hospitals.

The NSW Government will impose strict penalties on Melbourne residents in outbreak areas who seek to enter NSW in defiance of the NSW public health orders.

Individuals who fail to comply with the new rules could face up to six months in prison or a fine of up to $11,000 or both.

Anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat – is urged to self-isolate and seek testing. A full list of COVID-19 testing clinics is available or people can visit their GP.

It is essential people follow directions they receive about home isolation and quarantine and maintain COVID-safe practices of physical distancing of 1.5 metres, cough or sneeze into their elbow and regularly wash their hands.

Confirmed cases to date

By likely source of infectionCount
Overseas 1,916
Interstate acquired 69
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 881
Locally acquired – contact not identified 364
Under investigation 0
Total 3,230

Counts reported for a particular day may vary over time with ongoing enhanced surveillance activities.

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 3,670
Found positive 113
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at Day 2 951
Found positive5
Since 15 May 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at Day 1014,156
Found positive87

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