10 February 2021

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

Four new cases were acquired overseas, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,940.

There were 18,885 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 7,315.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 4,940
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)56
Total tests carried out 4,734,409

Today is the 24th day in a row with no reported locally acquired cases in NSW.

Testing rates have risen in the past 24 hours, and it is important we maintain this. High testing rates are vital to giving us the best chance of finding any new cases and preventing new chains of transmission from becoming established in the community.

Investigations continue into the source of infection of a returned overseas traveller from the Wollongong area who tested positive for COVID-19 after being released from hotel quarantine.

Genomic testing results indicate this case is not related to any other cases in hotel quarantine at the same time.

Further investigations are necessary to determine the source of the case, including the possibility it is an old infection from overseas. Some tests need to be taken over several days, and further information will be released as it becomes available.

NSW Health thanks the people of Wollongong and surrounding areas for coming forward for testing in recent days. There has been no transmission associated with this case to date, including among their close contacts, who have all tested negative.

NSW Health has updated its advice for people in NSW who were at the Melbourne Airport Holiday Inn quarantine hotel recently, following the diagnosis on Tuesday of two more cases in the hotel.

Anyone who worked or stayed on any floor of the hotel between 27 January and 9 February is now considered a close contact and must get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result. The previous advice was that only people who had been on the third floor were close contacts.

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. The Holiday Inn has been added to the list of high-risk locations for screening of these passengers.

People who have been to any of the public exposure sites listed on the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website during the relevant times must get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days since being there, regardless of the result.

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 testing clinics or contact your GP.

NSW Health is treating 37 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in intensive care. Most cases (97 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 4152,762
Interstate 0090
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster 001,642
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00442
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing 003
Under initial investigation011
Total 4164,940

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

*notified from 8pm 8 February 2021 to 8pm 9 February 2021
**from 8pm 3 February 2021 to 8pm 9 February 2021

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 9,758
Found positive 193
Since 30 June 2020
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 73,615
Found positive475
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*7,145
Found positive7

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