25 March 2021

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

Five new cases were acquired overseas, and two previously reported cases were excluded following further investigation. This brings the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,086.

There were 10,158 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 12,322.

Confirmed cases (incuding interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 5,086
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 56
Total tests carried out 5,290,147

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.

A number of COVID-19 restrictions will be eased from Monday 29 March. We thank the NSW community for continuing to adhere to COVID-safe behaviours, making the further easing of restrictions possible.

To keep the community safe, we need people to remain vigilant and to continue to take practical measures to stay COVID-safe.

This includes always using QR codes to check in to venues, staying home if unwell and getting tested for COVID-19, and practising good hand hygiene.

Seeking testing and staying home when unwell with even the mildest of respiratory symptoms is an important behaviour which should continue.

If you have any respiratory symptoms, it is particularly important that you don’t attend venues with vulnerable people, such as aged care homes and hospitals, or indoor venues where transmission is more likely to occur, such as nightclubs and gyms.

Businesses and other organisations must continue to ensure they keep accurate records of all attendances, through QR Codes, to enable fast contact tracing in the event of any COVID-19 transmission.

NSW Health’s ability to rapidly contact trace will help to bring any situation where cases may be introduced from outside NSW under control.

By always checking in at venues, you are also playing a central role in keeping the community safe.

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 5202,907
Interstate 0090
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster 001,644
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 23 March 2021 to 8pm 24 March 2021
**from 18 March 2021 to 8pm 24 March 2021

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 11,194
Found positive 214
Since 30 June 2020
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 87,225
Found positive550
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*19,214
Found positive

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

Watch today’s video update with Dr Jeremy McAnulty