08 December 2020

NSW recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Six cases were reported in overseas travellers, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the start of the pandemic to 4,431.

CasesCount
Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities)4,431
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 55
Total tests carried out 3,551,174

There were 6,040 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with 6,226 in the previous 24 hours.

This shows too few people are coming forward for testing. With restrictions being eased and borders reopening, now is not the time to be complacent.

Experience has shown us how easily the virus can spread through the community if we let down our guard. Anyone with even mild symptoms should get tested on the day they get symptoms, otherwise we will miss cases. Don't wait to see if your runny nose or sore throat goes away.

Investigations continue into the source of the recent COVID-19 case who works at a Sydney quarantine hotel complex. The strain of the virus appears to be of US origin and work is progressing in examining potential links to international aircrew who were self-isolating in the hotel at the time.

Testing of close contacts of the case is continuing, and no further positive results have been identified.

NSW Health is providing updated advice to people who travelled between 27 and 30 November on the same train and light rail services as this case.

People who travelled on the same services and who were, or may have been, in the same train carriage as this case are considered close contacts. They were previously advised to get tested immediately and self-isolate until further notice. These people are now advised to self-isolate for a full 14 days since the last date of travel, and reminded to get tested at a COVID-19 clinic if they haven't already done so.

The advice for people who travelled on the same services and know they were not in the same carriage as the case remains unchanged: get tested and self-isolate until a negative test result is received.

Further details, including routes and times are available at latest case locations

NSW Health is treating 75 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in intensive care. Most cases (96 per cent) are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care, including returned travellers in Special Health Accommodation.

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 testing clinics or contact your GP.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • If you are unwell, get tested and isolate right away – don’t delay.
  • Wash your hands regularly. Take hand sanitiser with you when you go out.
  • Keep your distance. Leave 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
  • Wear a mask when using public transport, rideshares and taxis, and in shops, places of worship and other places where you can’t physically distance. When taking taxis or rideshares, commuters should also sit in the back.

Likely source of confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW

Likely source of infectionCases past 24 hours*Cases past 7 days**All cases
Overseas 6342,470
Interstate 0090
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster 001,437
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00433
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing 011
Under initial investigation000
Total6354,431

Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.

*notified from 8pm 6 December 2020 to 8pm 7 December 2020
**from 8pm 30 November 2020 to 8pm 7 December 2020

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020 Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 7,621
Found positive 165
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 55,318
Found positive311
Since 15 May 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 1067,251
Found positive160

Current as at: Tuesday 8 December 2020