23 January 2021

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

There was one overseas acquired case, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,895.

There were 11,343 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 17,431.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 4,895
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 56
Total tests carried out 4,553,256

NSW Health continues to urge people across the state to come forward for testing with the mildest of symptoms. High testing rates are necessary to give confidence that no cases are going undetected in the community. Everyone who gets tested is playing an important role in helping to contain the spread of COVID-19.

NSW Health’s sewage surveillance program has recently detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 at two more treatment plants – Liverpool and Glenfield.

The Liverpool treatment plant takes in a catchment of close to 180,000 people from the suburbs of Bardia, Hinchinbrook, Hoxton Park, Abbotsbury, Ingleburn, Prestons, Holsworthy, Edmondson Park, Austral, Cecil Park, Cecil Hills, Elizabeth Hills, Bonnyrigg Heights, Edensor Park, Green Valley, Pleasure Point, Casula, Hammondville, Liverpool, Moorebank, Wattle Grove, Miller, Cartwright, Lurnea, Warwick Farm, Chipping Norton, Voyager Point, Macquarie Links, Glenfield, Catherine Field, Gledswood Hills, Varroville, Leppington, West Hoxton, Horningsea Park, Middleton Grange, Len Waters Estate, Carnes Hill, and Denham Court.

NSW Health urges everyone living or working in these suburbs to monitor for symptoms and get tested and isolate immediately if they appear.

The Glenfield treatment plant, which takes in a catchment of more than 160,000 people, also reported the detection of fragments of the virus on Wednesday. This follows the detection reported yesterday of the virus at treatment plants in Camellia and Auburn, which take in a catchment of almost 180,000 people.

While this likely reflects known recent confirmed cases in these areas, NSW Health urges everyone living or working there to 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 79 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in intensive care. Most cases (96 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 1
Interstate 0090
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster 05
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00439
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing 00
Under initial investigation000
Total 1

Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.
*notified from 8pm 21 January 2021 to 8pm 22 January 2021
**from 8pm 16 January 2021 to 8pm 22 January 2021

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 9,265
Found positive 191
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 70,151
Found positive451
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*3,017
Found positive3
* Testing previously carried out on day 10 is now carried out on day 12.