24 October 2020

For the second consecutive day, NSW has reported no new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.  

Five cases in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine were reported, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 4,186.

Cases Count
Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 4,186
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)​ 55
Total tests carried out 2,974,291

There were 12,890 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with 13,686 in the previous 24 hours.

Of the five new cases to 8pm last night: 

  • All were acquired overseas and are now in hotel quarantine. 

NSW Health is treating 74 COVID-19 cases, with no patients in intensive care. Ninety-two per cent of cases being treated by NSW Health are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care. 

NSW Health continues to appeal to the community to come forward for testing right away if anyone has even the mildest of symptoms like a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, fever or other symptoms that could be COVID-19. 

This is particularly important in south western Sydney, western Sydney and south eastern Sydney, where there have been locally transmitted cases recently.

COVID-19 is still likely circulating in the community and we must all be vigilant. To help stop the spread of COVID-19: 

  • If you are unwell, get tested and isolate right away – don’t delay.
  • Wash your hands regularly. Take hand sanitiser with you when you go out.
  • Keep your distance. Leave 1.5 metres between yourself and others. 
  • Wear a mask when using public transport, rideshares and taxis, and in shops, places of worship and other places where you can’t physically distance. When taking taxis or rideshares, commuters should also sit in the back. 

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.

Confirmed cases to date

By likely source of infection Count
Overseas​ 2,244
Interstate acquired 90
Loca​lly acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 1,458
Locally acquired – contact not identified 394
Under investigation 0
Total 4,186

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

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020 Count
Symptomati​c travellers tested 6,070
Found positive 140
Since 30 June 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers sc​reened at day 2 37,911
Found positive 198
Since 15 May 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 10 50,232
Found positive 130

Today’s update with Dr Stephen Corbett - 24 October 2020​​​​​​​​​​​