26 May 2021

NSW recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. Two overseas-acquired cases were reported in the same period, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,387.

There were 16,698 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day's total of 7,262.

NSW Health administered its highest-ever number of vaccines in one day, giving 13,200 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 5,220 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 1,142,002, with 371,117 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 770,885 administered by Commonwealth Government providers, including GPs, to 11:59pm on Monday 24 May.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 5,387
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 56
Total tests carried out 5,990,064
Total vaccinations administered in NSW1,142,002

In light of the emergence of more locally acquired cases in Melbourne, anyone who has been in the Greater Melbourne and Bendigo areas in the past 14 days since 12 May (excluding those who have only transited through an airport) should not visit NSW residential aged-care facilities, or healthcare facilities unless seeking treatment or for compassionate reasons.

Aged-care staff who have been in Greater Melbourne and Bendigo in the past 14 days should wear a mask while at work.

People now in NSW who have been in Victoria since 12 May should regularly check the Victorian Government website for venues of concern, as these are being regularly updated.

If you are in NSW and attended any of these places at the times listed, please contact NSW Health immediately on 1800 943 553.

Everyone arriving in NSW, whether by air, rail or road, who has been in the Greater Melbourne areas, is required to fill out a travel declaration form confirming they have not visited a venue of concern as listed on the Victorian Government website. This is being extended to the Bendigo area.

The declaration is available on the Service NSW website and provides vital information that allows NSW Health to contact travellers if necessary. It can be submitted in the 24 hours before arrival in NSW or upon entry.

Anyone experiencing even the mildest of cold-like symptoms should come forward immediately for testing, then isolate until a negative result is received. High testing rates are among our best defences against COVID-19, as they allow us to detect new cases early and prevent further transmission.

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

As these cases in Victoria show, COVID-19 can re-emerge at any time. NSW Health urges everyone to continue to take practical measures to stay COVID-safe, including practising good hand hygiene and always using QR codes to check in to and out of venues.

NSW Health continues to recommend masks be worn in any situation where physical distancing is not possible, such as on public transport.

NSW Health is treating 40 COVID-19 cases, one of whom is in intensive care.

Most cases (93 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 2113,201
Interstate 0090
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster 001,645
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00451
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing 000
Under initial investigation000
Total 2115,387

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

*notified from 8pm 24 May 2021 to 8pm 25 May 2021
**from 8pm 19 May 2021 to 8pm 25 May 2021

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 14,434
Found positive 265
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 107,687
Found positive685
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*39,554
Found positive42

* 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 7 days*All doses
NSW Health – first doses10,674269,516
NSW Health – second doses 2,526101,601
Total 13,200371,117

*notified from 24 May 2021 to 8pm 25 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.

A video of today's press conference will be uploaded to the Press conferences page once available.