23 April 2021

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

Eighteen new cases were acquired overseas to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,229.

There were 9,986 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day's total of 10,264.

NSW Health administered 3,570 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 534,083, with 188,812 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 345,271 administered by Commonwealth Government providers, including GPs, to 11.59pm on Wednesday 21 April.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 5,229
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 56
Total tests carried out 5,577,952
Total vaccinations administered in NSW534,083

NSW Health can advise all of the 15 Port Botany workers who boarded the Inge Kosan have been tested and 11 had returned negative COVID-19 PCR results this morning. It is anticipated the remaining PCR results will be available throughout today. All have also reported using personal protective equipment.

Interviews are underway with two additional port workers to confirm whether they also boarded the ship.

No crew members from the Inge Kosan disembarked the ship during its time in Sydney.

Investigations are also 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.

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.

NSW Health is treating 90 COVID-19 cases, one of whom is in intensive care and being ventilated. Most (98 per cent) are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care, including returned travellers in the Special Health Accommodation.

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. 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 18543,046
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 18555,229

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

*notified from 8pm 21 April 2021 to 8pm 22 April 2021
**from 8pm 16 April 2021 to 8pm 22 April 2021

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 12,193
Found positive 240
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 96,973
Found positive616
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*28,685
Found positive31

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

COVID-19 vaccination update

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered in NSWDoses past 24 hours*All doses
NSW health - First doses1,661126,321
NSW Health Second doses 1,90962,491

*notified from 8pm 21 April 2021 to 8pm 22 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.