21 February 2020

>Please attribute to a NSW Health spokesperson:

Cases Number
NSW – number of ​cases ​confirmed 4 (see below)
NSW – number of cases under investigation 55
NSW – number of cases cleared 1,764

Of the four confirmed cases, all patients have been discharged, a 53 year old male, a 35 year old male, a 21 year old female and a 43 year old male.

No new patients were confirmed overnight.

On 17 February, the Australian Government advised NSW Health that 22 Australians who had been passengers on the MS Westerdam cruise ship returned to Australia via Sydney on 15 February, and provided the passengers’ email details. All passengers have now been contacted and were well.

Border screening

NSW Health is taking a precautionary approach to the prevention of COVID-19, assisting the Australian Government in assessing passengers who arrive at Sydney Airport who have been in China in the previous 14 days and assessing passengers arriving on some cruise ships into Sydney from international ports.

Sydney Airport

Since Sunday 2 February, a total of 19,404 people have been assessed at Sydney International Airport. A total of 66 were sent for testing. This includes testing conducted as at 1.30pm today when 441 arrivals from mainland China were assessed at Sydney International Airport. No one was sent for testing.

Cruise ships

Following a risk assessment, no cruise ships were required to be met by the health assessment team today.


The figures refer to people who are in NSW and have been investigated for, or have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus.

We will not be disclosing the hospital locations of patients under investigation for privacy reasons​