27 May 2021

NSW recorded no new locally acquired and no new overseas-acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night; meaning the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic remains at 5,387.

There were 15,379 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 16,698.

NSW has reached a major milestone in its fight against COVID-19, with more than six million tests conducted since the start of the pandemic.

NSW Health sincerely thanks everyone in NSW who has come forward for testing and urges everyone to continue to do so. High testing rates are among our best defences against COVID-19 as they allow us to detect new cases early and prevent further transmission.

NSW Health administered 12,939 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 5,234 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 1,175,707, with 384,056 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 791,651 administered by Commonwealth Government providers, including GPs, to 11:59pm on Tuesday 25 May.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 5,387
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 56
Total tests carried out 6,008,070
Total vaccinations administered in NSW1,175,707

NSW Health continues to closely monitor the situation in Victoria as local health authorities investigate the COVID-19 cases detected in the Greater Melbourne community. An update will be provided in due course in relation to COVID-safe measures in NSW.

NSW Health continues to urge people have been in Victoria since 12 May to check the Victoria Department of Health and Human Services website regularly to see if they have visited any of the growing number of venues of concern, and if so, immediately follow the relevant public health advice.

If you attended any of the venues identified at the times listed, please contact NSW Health immediately on 1800 943 553.

NSW Health is grateful for those contacts who have contacted us so far. There have been 18 close contacts from venues in Victoria identified in NSW to date and all these people have returned negative results. These people will continue to isolate for 14 days from their exposure date and will be tested again before the end of their isolation period.

NSW strongly advises against all non-essential travel to Victoria at this time.

NSW Health has increased capacity for testing in the Western Riverina region, with a mobile testing van operating at the Tooleybuc Community Health Service on Friday 28 May from 8am to 1pm. This follows a sporting event in Cohuna, Victoria, on Saturday 22 May, which was attended by a person with COVID-19.

Testing is also available at Balranald Multi-Purpose Service drive-through clinic from 1pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday, and at Swan Hill Respiratory Clinic (with bookings) open today, Thursday 27 May from 9.30am to 4pm, Friday 28 May 2pm-4 pm, Saturday 29 May 9am to 4pm, Sunday 30 May 9am to 4pm.

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.

Anyone experiencing even the mildest of cold-like symptoms should come forward immediately for testing, then isolate until a negative result is received.

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.

NSW Health is treating 38 COVID-19 cases, one of whom is in intensive care. Most cases (92 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 093,201
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 095,387

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

*notified from 8pm 25 May 2021 to 8pm 26 May 2021  
**from 8pm 20 May 2021 to 8pm 26 May 2021

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 13,465
Found positive 265
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 108,002
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*39,898
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 24 hours*All doses
NSW Health – first doses10,254279,770
NSW Health – second doses 2,685104,286
Total 12,939384,056

*notified from 25 May 2021 to 8pm 26 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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