20 January 2021

NSW recorded zero new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

There were three cases recorded in returned travellers, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,890.

There were 19,959 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day's total of 10,621.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 4,890
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 56
Total tests carried out 4,512,269

The three new cases reported to 8pm last night were acquired overseas.

Testing numbers have risen in recent days but are still insufficient to provide confidence that chains of transmission will be picked up. High testing rates help reveal cases that would otherwise go undetected and are an invaluable tool in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.

NSW Health is urging people to continue to come forward with even the mildest of symptoms. The best way to protect your family and community is to get tested if you experience any likely symptoms, such as a sore throat or cough. Every person who gets tested plays an important role in helping to contain the spread of COVID-19.

People in Sydney's south-west are being asked to be extra vigilant when it comes to symptoms after NSW Health's ongoing sewage surveillance program overnight detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 at a treatment plant in Glenfield, which takes in a catchment of more than 160,000 people.

While this could reflect known returned travellers in the area, everyone living or working in Airds, Ambarvale, Appin, Bardia, Blair Athol, Blairmount, Bow Bowing, Bradbury, Campbelltown, Casula, Claymore, Currans Hill, Eagle Vale, Englorie Park, Eschol Park, Gilead, Glen Alpine, Glenfield, Gregory Hills, Holsworthy, Ingleburn, Kearns, Kentlyn, Leumeah, Long Point, Macquarie Fields, Macquarie Links, Menangle Park, Minto, Raby, Rosemeadow, Ruse, St Andrews, St Helens Park, Varroville and Woodbine should monitor for symptoms and get tested and isolate immediately if they appear.

There are more than 350 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 clinics or contact your GP.

People are urged to check the NSW Government website for regularly updated details of venues of concern, and affected public transport routes, and are asked to follow the health advice provided.

NSW Health is treating 99 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in intensive care. Most cases (98 per cent) are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care, including returned travellers in the Special Health Accommodation.

Likely source of confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW

Likely source of infectionCases past 24 hours*Cases past 7 days**All cases
Overseas 3312,710
Interstate 0090
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster 061,642
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00439
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing 019
Under initial investigation000
Total 3394,890

Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.

*notified from 8pm 18 January 2021 to 8pm 19 January 2021
**from 8pm 13 January 2021 to 8pm 19 January 2021

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 9,130
Found positive 190
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 69,562
Found positive449
From 15 May 2020 to 12 January 2021Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 1079,623
Found positive182
Since 13 January 2021Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 12*2,049
Found positive2

* Testing previously carried out on day 10 is now carried out on day 12.