10 May 2021

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

Six new cases were acquired overseas to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,349.

There were 13,768 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 18,024.  

NSW Health continues to urge everyone in NSW with even the mildest symptoms – such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose, or loss of taste or smell  – to come forward immediately for testing, then isolate until you receive a negative result. High testing rates are vital for detecting any unidentified chains of transmission in the community as early as possible.

NSW Health administered 24,830 vaccines during the week ending Sunday 9 May. The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 786,154, with 235,852 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 550,302 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Saturday 8 May. 

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 5,349
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 56
Total tests carried out 5,772,485
Total vaccinations administered in NSW786,154

Investigations are ongoing into the source of two locally acquired cases, announced on Thursday 6 May. They are household contacts of each other; a man and woman in their 50s from the eastern suburbs.

Despite extensive investigations to date, NSW Health has not identified how the initial case was exposed to COVID-19. He may have acquired the infection through brief contact with a currently unidentified person who was infectious in the community, and investigations are continuing.

To safeguard the community and reduce the risk of further transmission, the NSW Government has extended by one week the temporary COVID-safe measures (except for one change in regard to retail) which were initially put in place until 12:01am Monday 10 May for the Greater Sydney region (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains).

The one change to the existing orders removes the requirement for retail customers to wear masks, however public-facing staff in retail outlets must continue to do so.

The following measures will now be in effect until 12:01 am Monday 17 May.

  • Visitors to households are limited to 20 guests, including children.
  • Masks are compulsory on public transport and in public indoor venues such as theatres and gaming areas. Masks should also be worn in hospitals, and aged care facilities.
  • Masks are not required in gyms or other similar facilities like indoor pools or dance studios.
  • Drinking while standing up at indoor venues is not allowed.
  • Singing by audiences at indoor shows or by congregants at indoor places of worship is not allowed.
  • Dancing is not allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however, dancing is allowed at weddings with a strong recommendation that no more than 20 people should be on the dancefloor at any one time.
  • Visitors to aged care facilities are limited to two people per day.

In relation to hospitality venues and retail outlets, masks must be worn by customer-facing staff. Patrons and customers do not have to wear a mask unless they are in the gaming area of a hospitality venue.

A full list of venues of concern connected with the two recent locally acquired cases is available on the NSW Government website.

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 112 COVID-19 cases, one of whom is in intensive care and being ventilated. Most cases (97 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 6443,163
Interstate 0090
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster 011,645
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00450
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing 011
Under initial investigation000
Total 6465,349

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

*notified from 8pm 8 May 2021 to 8pm 9 May 2021
**from 8pm 3 May 2021 to 8pm 9 May 2021

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 12,791
Found positive 259
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 102,529
Found positive675
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*34,294
Found positive38

* 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 seven days*All doses
NSW Health – first doses
16,094  158,460
NSW Health – second doses 8,73677,392

*notified from 3 May 2021 to 8pm 9 May 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.