28 January 2021

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

There were three cases acquired overseas, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,907.

There were 7,809 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 9,723.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities)4,907
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)56
Total tests carried out4,598,640

Testing numbers remain low, which is a concern given that high rates of testing are an important tool in tracking the spread of the virus. With restrictions set to ease across Greater Sydney tomorrow, it is crucial that people maintain their vigilance.

Although NSW has now seen 11 days without a known locally acquired case of COVID-19, the virus may still be circulating in the community. We previously have seen runs of no local cases only to see them remerge after several days.

NSW Health continues to urge people to come forward for testing if they have any symptoms that could signal COVID-19 – including a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, or fever – as this is the best way to detect and stop any possible spread of the virus.

Every person who comes forward for testing is playing an important role in helping to contain the spread of COVID-19.

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.

NSW Health is treating 62 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in intensive care. Most cases (95 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
Interstate 0090
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster001,642
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00439
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing006
Under initial investigation000
Total 3144,907

Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.
*notified from 8pm 26 January 2021 to 8pm 27 January 2021
**from 8pm 21 January 2021 to 8pm 27 January 2021

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested9,429
Found positive192
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 271,127
Found positive455
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*4,733
Found positive4

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