NSW recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.
Six new cases were acquired overseas to 8pm last night. A previously reported overseas acquired case has been excluded after further investigations, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,343.
There were 18,024 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 22,153.
We thank the community for their strong response to calls for testing and continue to urge everyone in NSW with even the mildest symptoms – such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose – to come forward immediately for testing, then isolate until you receive a negative result. High testing rates are vital for detecting any unidentified chains of transmission in the community as early as possible.
NSW Health administered 1,127 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 779,939, with 235,852 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 544,087 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Friday 7 May.
Investigations are ongoing into the source of two locally acquired cases, announced on Thursday 6 May. They are household contacts of each other; a man and woman in their 50s from the eastern suburbs.
Despite extensive investigations to date, NSW Health has not identified how the initial case, the man in his 50s, was exposed to COVID-19, which suggests he acquired the infection through brief contact with a currently unidentified person who was infectious in the community.
To safeguard the community and reduce the risk of further transmission, the NSW Government has extended the temporary COVID-safe measures (except for one change in regard to retail) which were put in place until 12.01am Monday 10 May by one week for the Greater Sydney region (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains).
The one change to the existing orders removes the requirement for retail customers to wear masks, however public-facing staff in retail outlets must continue to do so.
The following measures will now be in effect until 12.01 am Monday 17 May.
In relation to hospitality venues and retail outlets, masks must be worn by customer-facing staff. Patrons and customers do not have to wear a mask unless they are in the gaming area of a hospitality venue.
A full list of venues of concern connected with the two recent locally acquired cases is available on the NSW Government website.
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.
NSW Health is treating 111 COVID-19 cases, one of whom is in intensive care and being ventilated. Most cases (97 per cent) are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care, including returned travellers in the Special Health Accommodation.
Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.
* notified from 8pm 7 May 2021 to 8pm 8 May 2021
** from 8pm 2 May 2021 to 8pm 8 May 2021
*notified from 8pm 7 May 2021 to 8pm 8 May 2021Note: NSW Health's vaccination clinics generally operate Monday to Friday. Therefore, there may be limited or no vaccines administered on weekend days and public holidays due to planned closures.
Press conference - Sunday 9 May 2021