NSW recorded five locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, with an additional nine cases in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
Four of the locally acquired cases are linked to the Avalon cluster. Investigations continue into the source of this cluster, which now numbers 126. The fifth local case is linked to a previously reported case on the Northern Beaches whose source of infection is not yet linked to the Avalon cluster and remains under investigation.
All five locally acquired cases reported today had previously been identified as contacts of known cases and were in isolation.
This brings the total number of cases in NSW to 4,683 since the beginning of the pandemic.
Sadly, a man in his 70s died earlier this week from respiratory complications following a COVID-19 infection diagnosed in March. He was a household contact of a locally acquired case. Although his death is considered to be related to COVID-19, he had recently tested negative, was no longer infectious and posed no risk to the community. NSW Health extends its sympathies to his family.
There were 15,364 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 23,933.
Of the new cases to 8pm last night:
NSW Health is treating 114 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in intensive care. Most cases (98 per cent) are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care, including a number of returned travellers in the Special Health Accommodation.
NSW Health thanks the community for their excellent response to the call for testing, and for following public health advice. Every person who is tested plays an important role in helping to contain the spread of COVID-19. However, testing numbers have fallen in the post-Christmas period, and it is vital that people throughout NSW continue to come forward immediately if they have even the mildest of symptoms.
NSW Health also thanks the many people currently self-isolating, which we appreciate is difficult. If you are a close contact of a case, it is critical you complete your full period of isolation, even if you receive a negative test result. It is also vital that you receive a negative test result before leaving isolation. People can continuemto test positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days after exposure, as we have seen in some cases in isolation in recent days.
COVID-19 cases linked to the Avalon cluster have visited a growing list of locations across Sydney. A full list of locations and public transport routes, and the associated public health advice, is available from the NSW Government website at
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We must all keep up our guard against COVID-19 over the holiday period by limiting social interactions wherever possible and following recommended infection control practices, including physical distancing and hand hygiene. Don’t risk passing on COVID-19 for the sake of one social gathering. If you are feeling at all unwell, or have even the slightest symptoms, stay home and don’t go to the event.
With a number of cases now linked to the Belrose Hotel, NSW Health is calling on anyone who spent time there at any time during December and had any symptoms that could signal COVID-19 to come forward and get tested, then isolate until a negative result is received.
A number of cases were recently linked to the CBD of Sydney, and it is important for people who spent time in the north eastern part of the city over the last two weeks, including the Australia Square, MLC Centre and Chifley Square, to be alert for symptoms and isolate immediately and get tested should even the mildest of symptoms develop, then isolate until a negative result is received.
Testing clinics will remain open over the holiday period, including today and heading into New Year's Day. There are more than 350 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit
COVID-19 clinics or contact your GP.
Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review. *notified from 8pm 25 December 2020 to 8pm 26 December 2020 **from 8pm 20 December 2020 to 8pm 26 December 2020
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