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 4,915.
There were 8,811 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 10,504.
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 on gatherings having eased across Greater Sydney, it is even more important that people keep up their guard and remain on the lookout for any signs or symptoms which could indicate COVID-19.
While NSW has now seen 14 days without a known locally acquired case of COVID-19, the virus may still be circulating in the community among people with mild or no symptoms. We have previously seen successive days of no local cases, only to see cases re-emerge.
Overnight, NSW Health’s sewage surveillance program detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the sewage network at Warriewood, Liverpool and Malabar.
While these detections may reflect known recent confirmed cases in these areas, NSW Health urges everyone living or working in these areas to monitor for symptoms and get tested and isolate immediately if they appear.
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
https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics or contact your GP.
NSW Health is treating 49 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.
Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.
*notified from 8pm 29 January 2021 to 8pm 30 January 2021
**from 8pm 24 January 2021 to 8pm 30 January 2021
* Testing previously carried out on day 10 is now carried out on day 12.
COVID-19 Update - 31 January 2021