NSW recorded one new locally acquired case of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. This is the case acquired in Byron Bay and announced yesterday morning.
Four new cases were acquired overseas in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,107.
There were 20,459 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 17,393. NSW Health thanks the community – particularly those in northern NSW – for coming forward in large numbers for testing, as this is critical to detect and stop transmission of the virus.
|Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) ||5,107|
|Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) ||56|
|Total tests carried out ||5,369,703|
Queensland Health has advised that stay-at-home restrictions for Greater Brisbane will end at 12pm AEST today.
NSW has been mirroring the Queensland Health restrictions for anyone in NSW who has been to Greater Brisbane since 20 March, and these people will also no longer be required to stay at home from this time (1pm local time).
While urgent investigations and contact tracing continue into the local case and the cases who visited Byron Bay from Queensland while infectious, NSW Health is adopting a cautious approach to minimise the risk of further transmission.
The following rules now apply to the local government areas of Tweed Shire Council, Ballina Shire Council, Byron Shire Council and Lismore City Council:
- masks must be worn on public transport, in retail stores, and in all public indoor settings
- the one person per 4 square metre rule applies at all public indoor settings including hospitality venues
- the number of household visitors is capped at 30, including at holiday rental properties.
These restrictions will remain in place until 11:59pm on Monday 5 April, when the community will be updated.
NSW Health last night issued an update on new venues of concern in the Byron Bay, Ballina and Lennox Head areas. Advice has also been updated for the Surfit 24/7 Epiq Gym at 5 Snapper Drive in Lennox Head.
Anyone who attended on Sunday 28 March between 8am and 10.30am is now considered a close contact who must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.
A complete list of venues of concern and associated health advice is available at https://nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates. Please check this page regularly, as advice is being updated as further information becomes available.
NSW Health urges anyone throughout the state who has even the mildest of cold-like symptoms to be tested immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result.
This is even more important during the Easter long weekend, when people will travel around the state and attend gatherings with family and friends.
People are encouraged to hold gatherings outdoors where possible and reminded to always check in and out when visiting venues.
There are more than 350 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week, including over the long weekend.
To find your nearest clinic, visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics, or contact your GP.
NSW Health is treating 52 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in ICU. Most cases (94 per cent) are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care, including returned travellers in the Special Health Accommodation.
Likely source of confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW
|Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster ||1||1||1,644|
|Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster||0||0||446|
|Locally acquired – investigation ongoing ||0||0||0|
|Under initial investigation||0||0||0|
Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.
*notified from 8pm 30 March 2021 to 8pm 31 March 2021
**from 25 March 2021 to 8pm 31 March 2021
Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date
|Symptomatic travellers tested ||11,425|
|Found positive ||218|
|Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 ||89,587|
|Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 10||79,623|
|Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 12*||21,568|
* Testing previously carried out on day 10 is now carried out on day 12.