24 March 2021

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

Three new cases were acquired overseas, and one previously reported case was excluded following further investigation. This brings the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,083.

There were 12,322 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 5,127.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 5,083
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 56
Total tests carried out 5,279,989

NSW Health is treating 61 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in ICU. Most cases (92 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.

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.

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 clinicsor 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 3252,904
Interstate 0090
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster 00
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00445
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing 000
Under initial investigation000
Total 3255,083

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

*notified from 8pm 22 March 2021 to 8pm 23 March 2021
**from 17 March 2021 to 8pm 23 March 2021

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 11,166
Found positive 214
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 86,870
Found positive546
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*18,906
Found positive16

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

Video of today’s press conference will be uploaded to our website.