18 February 2021

NSW recorded no new locally acquired and no overseas-acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, meaning the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic remains at 4,954.

There were 20,906 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 23,463.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 4,954
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 56
Total tests carried out 4,867,114

Today marks a record 32 days with no reported locally acquired cases in NSW and we would like to thank the community for getting tested and being vigilant with social distancing and mask-wearing.

As there are cases of COVID-19 in Victoria and in New Zealand, and cases are being regularly detected among international arrivals to NSW, the risk of an incursion into the NSW community is ever present. It is critical that everyone continues to practise COVID-safe behaviours, as well as continuing to wear masks on public transport.

People travelling to NSW from Victoria no longer need to isolate, following the end of Victoria’s five-day lockdown at 11.59pm last night.

However, people who attended any of the venues of concern (known in Victoria as ‘exposure sites’) identified by the Victorian authorities in the past 14 days should follow the relevant advice on the website. Currently, different advice applies according to which of these places people attended, reflecting the assessed risk.

People travelling to NSW by air and rail who have been in Victoria in the previous 14 days also still need to fill out a declaration regarding the venues of concern.

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 24 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 0112,777
Interstate 0090
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster 001,642
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00445
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing 000
Under initial investigation000

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

*notified from 8pm 16 February 2021 to 8pm 17 February 2021
**from 8pm 11 February 2021 to 8pm 17 February 2021

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 9,993
Found positive 194
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 75,219
Found positive480
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*8,683
Found positive9

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

Video update with Dr Jeremy McAnulty


COVID-19 Update - 18 February 2021