21 March 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 cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,072.

There were 15,783 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 10,375.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 5,072
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 56
Total tests carried out 5,254,203

A full list of the exposure venues associated with the security guard case linked to a returned traveller in hotel quarantine can be viewed on the NSW Government website.

NSW Health is treating 55 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in ICU. Most cases (91 per cent) are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care, including returned travellers in the Special Health Accommodation.

It is critical that everyone continues to practise COVID-safe behaviours and seek testing with even the mildest of symptoms.

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.

Likely source of confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW

Likely source of infectionCases past 24 hours*Cases past 7 days**All cases
Overseas 2222,893
Interstate 0090
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster 011,643
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00446
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing 000
Under initial investigation000
Total 2235,072

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

*notified from 8pm 19 March 2021 to 8pm 20 March 2021
**from 14 March 2021 to 8pm 20 March 2021

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 11,059
Found positive 213
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 85,859
Found positive539
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*17,848
Found positive16

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

Watch today’s video update with Dr Stephen Conaty