22 April 2021

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

Seven new cases were acquired overseas to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,211.

There were 10,264 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 11,943.

There were 4,185 COVID-19 vaccines administered by NSW Health in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. The total number of vaccines administered by NSW Health is now 185,620.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 5,211
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 56
Total tests carried out 5,567,966
Total vaccinations administered by NSW Health185,620

Investigations are continuing into how COVID-19 transmission occurred between returned travellers who entered Australia on 3 April on the same flight and subsequently stayed in adjacent rooms while in hotel quarantine at the Mercure Hotel on George Street in Sydney’s CBD.

The investigation has not identified any further cases of transmission to date.

The three returned travellers, two of whom are family members, share the same viral sequence for the B1.351 variant of concern, first identified in South Africa. They were transferred to the Special Health Accommodation and will remain there until they are no longer infectious.

Returned travellers who had been staying on the 10th floor of the Mercure during what is believed to be the infectious period, April 7–12, are being directed to get tested and self-isolate until 14 days from the day they left quarantine at the Mercure Hotel. Hotel staff who worked on the 10th floor are also being tested and self-isolating.

Investigations also continue into how transmission of COVID-19 occurred between two groups of returned travellers in hotel quarantine at Adina Apartment Hotel at Town Hall in the CBD. All contacts tested to date have returned negative results.

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. To find your nearest clinic, visit: COVID-19 clinics or contact your GP.

NSW Health is treating 80 COVID-19 cases, one of whom is in intensive care and being ventilated. Most (95 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 7373,028
Interstate 0090
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster 011,643
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00450
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing 000
Under initial investigation000
Total 7385,211

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

*notified from 8pm 20 April 2021 to 8pm 21 April 2021
**from 8pm 15 April 2021 to 8pm 21 April 2021

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 12,141
Found positive 238
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 96,651
Found positive604
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*28,335
Found positive

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

COVID-19 vaccination update

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered by NSW HealthDoses past 24 hours*All doses
First doses 2,265125,038
Second doses 1,92060,582

*notified from 8pm 20 April 2021 to 8pm 21 April 2021

Note: NSW Health’s vaccination clinics generally operate Monday to Friday. Therefore, there may be limited or no vaccines administered on weekend days and public holidays due to planned closures.