24 February 2021

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

One new case was acquired overseas, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,966.

There were 17,917 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day's total of 10,177.

CasesCount
Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 4,966
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 56
Total tests carried out 4,954,361

NSW Health thanks the community for coming forward for testing and continues to urge people to do so with even the mildest of symptoms.

While today marks a record 38 days with no reported locally acquired cases in NSW, there is still a risk of COVID-19 spreading into the community as new cases among overseas arrivals are regularly detected. Everyone must continue to practise COVID-safe behaviours and come forward for testing with even the mildest of symptoms.

While there are a number of recently recovered cases in the Auburn area, NSW Health is urging everyone to be vigilant for symptoms – and to get tested immediately and isolate if they appear –  after the state's ongoing sewage surveillance program detected traces of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the Auburn sewage network. This is the second recent detection in this network, which serves more than 110,000 people.

People who have recently recovered from COVID-19 can sometimes continue to shed virus fragments for several weeks or longer, even after they are no longer infectious.

Please be alert for symptoms if you live or work in the suburbs of Condell Park, Bankstown, Potts Hill, Birrong, Sefton, Bass Hill, Chester Hill, Regents Park, Chullora, Homebush West, Strathfield, Rookwood, Sydney Olympic Park, Newington, Granville, Clyde, Lidcombe, Auburn, South Granville, Guildford, Silverwater, Rosehill, Berala and Yagoona.

NSW Health is treating 19 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in intensive care. Most cases (89 per cent) are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care, including returned travellers in the Special Health Accommodation. 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.

Likely source of confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW

Likely source of infectionCases past 24 hours*Cases past 7 days**All cases
Overseas 1122,789
Interstate 0090
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster 001,642
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00445
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing 000
Under initial investigation000
Total 1124,966

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

*notified from 8pm 22 February 2021 to 8pm 23 February 2021
**from 17 February 2021 to 8pm 23 February 2021

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020 Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 10,173
Found positive 196
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 77,160
Found positive484
From 15 May 2020 to 12 January 2021Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 1079,623
Found positive182
Since 13 January 2021Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 12*9,926
Found positive11

* Testing previously carried out on day 10 is now carried out on day 12.

 Today's press conference will be uploaded to the Press conferences page once available.

Current as at: Wednesday 24 February 2021