27 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, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,092.

There were 8,256 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day's total of 9,904.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 5,092
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 56
Total tests carried out 5,308,307

NSW Health continues to closely monitor the situation in Queensland, as local health authorities investigate a case of COVID-19 detected in the Brisbane community.

Anyone entering NSW by any means who has been in Brisbane City Council or Moreton Bay Regional Council areas in the past 14 days is required to complete a passenger declaration form, which includes confirmation of whether they have visited any venues of high concern (listed as 'close contact venues' on the Queensland Health website). This information is important to help NSW Health contact them if required.

If you have attended a close-contact venue as listed on the Queensland Health website, you should not enter NSW, as these are venues of high concern.

If you have attended a venue of high concern and are already in NSW, you should immediately self-isolate and call NSW Health on 1800 943 553.

Other arrivals to NSW from Queensland, particularly those who have been in the Brisbane City Council or Moreton Bay Regional Council areas, are asked to be vigilant for symptoms, regularly check the Queensland Health website for updates and follow the advice.

A number of COVID-19 restrictions will be eased from 12:01am on Monday 29 March. These include:

  • No caps on weddings and funerals;
  • No restrictions on singing including in places of worship;
  • No restriction on dancing including at weddings and in pubs and nightclubs;
  • No cap on visitors in the home (if there are more than 100 people there must be a COVID-19 Safety plan and electronic recording of visitor details);
  • 200 people allowed for personal outdoor public gatherings;
  • All venues to move to the one person per 2sqm rule (venues will be allowed at least 25 people before the 2sqm rule applies);
  • 100 per cent seated capacity at entertainment venues including stadiums and theatres, and;
  • Mask use including on public transport will move from 'mandatory' to 'strongly recommended'.

NSW Health is treating 60 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in ICU. Most cases (93 per cent) are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care, including returned travellers in the Special Health Accommodation.

NSW Health urges everyone to continue to take practical measures to stay COVID-safe. This includes always using QR codes to check in to venues, staying home and getting tested for COVID-19 if unwell, and practising good hand hygiene.

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 case
Overseas 3232,913
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 3235,092

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

*notified from 8pm 25 March 2021 to 8pm 26 March 2021
**from 20 March 2021 to 8pm 26 March 2021

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 11,253
Found positive 215
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 87,881
Found positive552
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*19,882
Found positive17

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