26 November 2020

NSW recorded no new cases of locally acquired COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

No cases were reported in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine. The total number of cases in NSW since the start of the pandemic remains at 4,363. NSW last publicly reported no locally or overseas acquired cases on 27 September.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 4,363
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 55
Total tests carried out 3,429,596

There were 14,885 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with 16,291 in the previous 24 hours.

NSW Health is treating 81 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in intensive care. Most cases, 96 per cent, are being treated by NSW Health in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.

Although NSW has enjoyed 19 days without a locally acquired case of COVID-19 and restrictions continue to be eased, now is not the time to be complacent.

Everyone is encouraged to continue to come forward for testing if they have any symptoms that could signal COVID-19, as this is the best way to detect and stop the spread of the virus.

New infections have been identified in the past after a number of days without any cases because of transmission among people who had mild or no symptoms.

South Australia has added Woodville High School in Adelaide's western suburbs to its list of venues of concern. Anyone now in NSW who attended the school on Monday 23 November must get tested and isolate immediately, and contact NSW Health on 1800 943 553.

Anyone who has been in South Australia in the past two weeks should monitor the SA Health website or updated advice: .

Residents in a number of suburbs in south western Sydney are also reminded to get tested after virus fragments were detected through the state's ongoing sewage surveillance program earlier this week. While detection of the virus in sewage samples could reflect the presence of known cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in recent weeks in the area, NSW Health is concerned there could be other active cases in the local community. Affected suburbs have been listed in previous alerts.

People in these areas must monitor for any symptoms of illness, and immediately isolate and get tested should even the mildest of symptoms appear. Symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, tiredness, fever can all signal COVID-19. After testing, you must remain in isolation until a negative result is received.

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.

While there have been no new locally acquired cases in NSW for the past 18 days, new infections have appeared in the past after a number of days without any cases because of transmission among people with mild or no symptoms.

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.

Likely source of confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW

Likely source of infectionCases past 24 hours*Cases past 7 days**All cases
Overseas 0362,403
Interstate 0090
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster 001,437
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster 00433
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing 000
Under initial investigation 000

Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.
*notified from 8pm 24 November 2020 to 8pm 25 November 2020
**from 8pm 19 November 2020 to 8pm 25 November 2020

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 7,203
Found positive 159
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 50,282
Found positive285
Since 15 May 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 1062,600
Found positive148

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