06 February 2021

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

Two new cases were acquired overseas, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,930.

There were 12,521 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 10,113.

Today is the 20th day in a row with no reported locally acquired cases in NSW, but we cannot drop our guard. High testing rates give us the best chance of finding any new cases and preventing new chains of transmission from becoming established.

Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 4,930
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)56
Total tests carried out4,687,562

NSW Health is continuing to screen passengers arriving on flights from Victoria and any person who enters NSW from Victoria by air or rail is required to complete a passenger declaration form. Those who provide false information are subject to an on-the-spot fine.

People who have been to any of the public exposure sites listed on the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website during the relevant times must not enter NSW unless they are a resident.

Anyone already in, or entering NSW, who has been to one of these public exposure sites is considered a close contact and should get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days since being there, regardless of the result. They must get tested again towards the end the 14-day period (12 days after exposure) regardless of symptoms. In addition, if they develop symptoms during that period, they should get tested immediately.

NSW Health is closely monitoring the situation in Victoria and will update its health advice accordingly. We will continue to work closely with our colleagues in Victoria and other jurisdictions to ensure that appropriate public health measures are in place to protect the community.

NSW Health is taking additional steps to protect the community, with returned travellers now asked to undertake further COVID-19 testing after they leave hotel quarantine.

NSW Health contact tracers are calling travellers two days after their hotel quarantine period ends to check their health and ask them to attend a nearby testing clinic. If travellers being tested on day 16 are asymptomatic, they will not have to isolate further due to the lower risk of them returning a positive result. NSW Health continues to urge people to come forward for testing with even the mildest of cold-like symptoms that could signal COVID-19, such as a sore throat, cough, fever or runny nose. After testing, you must remain in isolation until a negative result is received.

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 49 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 infection Cases past 24 hours* Cases past 7 days** All cases
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster001,642
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00441
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing004
Under initial investigation000
Total 2
16 4,930

Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.
* notified from 8pm 4 February 2021 to 8pm 5 February 2021
**from 8pm 30 January 2021 to 8pm 5 February 2021

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020 Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 9,617
Found positive 192
Since 30 June 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 72,839
Found positive469
From 15 May 2020 to 12 January 2021 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 1079,623
Found positive182
Since 13 January 2021 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 12*6,464
Found positive6

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