16 May 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 in the same period, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,369.

There were 12,203 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 14,663.  

NSW Health administered 5,384 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 4,285 at the vaccination centre in Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 919,016, with 280,135 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 638,881 administered by Commonwealth Government providers including GPs, to 11:59pm on Friday 14 May 2021.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 5,369
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 56
Total tests carried out 5,863,915
Total vaccinations administered in NSW919,016

As there has been no further transmission detected in relation to the two locally acquired cases of COVID-19 reported last week, the temporary COVID-safe measures in place for the Greater Sydney area will not be extended beyond 12:01am on Monday 17 May.

This means limits will be removed on the number of guests allowed to visit private households. Drinking while standing at indoor venues, group singing indoors, and dancing at nightclubs will again be allowed.

Masks will no longer be compulsory on public transport or for customer-facing staff in hospitality venues, however NSW Health continues to strongly encourage their use on public transport and in other settings where physical distancing is not possible.

Despite extensive, ongoing investigations into the source of the two cases in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, NSW Health has not yet identified how the initial case was exposed to the virus.

As these two cases have shown, COVID-19 may re-emerge at any time, so it is important that we all continue to take practical measures to stay COVID-safe. This includes always using QR codes to check in to and out of venues, staying home and getting tested for COVID 19 if unwell, and practising good hand hygiene.

NSW Health reminds people arriving in NSW from the Greater Melbourne area that they must complete a declaration form that confirms they have not attended a venue of concern, following the identification of a COVID-19 case in the Greater Melbourne community on Tuesday 11 May. These declaration forms are available on the Service NSW website.

All travellers who have arrived from the Greater Melbourne area since Thursday 6 May must check the Victoria Department of Health and Human Services website regularly and follow the relevant public health advice. If you have attended any of the venues identified at the times listed, please contact NSW Health immediately on 1800 943 553.

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 75 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 3253,183
Interstate 0090
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster 001,645
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00450
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing 001
Under initial investigation000
Total 3255,369

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

*notified from 8pm 14 May 2021 to 8pm 15 May 2021
**from 8pm 9 May 2021 to 8pm 15 May 2021

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 13,026
Found positive 261
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 104,414
Found positive680
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*36,397
Found positive41

* 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 doses4,895 195,172
NSW Health – second doses 48984,963
Total5,384 280,135

*notified from 8pm 14 May 2021 to 8pm 15 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.

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