18 June 2020

Two new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed between 8pm on 16 June and 8pm on 17 June. This brings the total number of cases in NSW to 3,137.

Both new cases are returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

NSW health wishes to thank the 17,392 individuals with symptoms who came forward for testing over the past 24 hours, which pushed the State’s testing figures to a record high. In total, nearly 680,000 COVID-19 tests have now been carried out in NSW.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 3,137
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 50
Cases reported recovered2,770
Total tests carried out 678,618

There are currently 51 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health, and none are in intensive care. In NSW, 2,770 people have recovered from COVID-19.

Since 29 March 2020, 2,922 symptomatic travellers have been tested in hotels, with 99 (3%) found positive. Travellers are also screened at day 10 of quarantine. Since this screening began on 15 May, 8,922 returned travellers have been screened at day 10 of quarantine with 31 found positive.

Other respiratory illnesses such as rhinovirus are increasing for this time of year. NSW Health recommends that everyone maintains social distancing and regularly washes their hands to minimise the risk of virus transmission between people.

Continued high rates of testing are essential to detect and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community. NSW Health urges people of all ages, including children, to undergo COVID-19 testing and isolate themselves as soon as mild symptoms of respiratory infection or fever appear.

More information about COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses can be found in the COVID-19 weekly surveillance report

NSW Health is asking anyone who has been unwell or has flu-like symptoms to seek testing via their GP or by visiting one of the COVID-19 clinics. A full list of COVID-19 testing clinics is available at locations and opening hours of COVID-19 clinics.

The virus may still be circulating in the community. People with mild symptoms or those who show no obvious symptoms can unknowingly pass it to others.

NSW Health is urging anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat – or have a loss of smell and taste to isolate from others and get tested. This is important for everyone in the community, and we particularly urge anyone who has symptoms in the Sutherland and Illawarra areas to come forward for testing.

Confirmed cases to date

By likely source of infection

Overseas 1,824
Interstate acquired 69
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 880
Locally acquired – contact not identified 364
Under investigation 0
Total 3,137

Counts reported for a particular day may vary over time with ongoing enhanced surveillance activities.

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