16 June 2021

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

Three new overseas-acquired cases were recorded in the same period, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,437.

There were 10,524 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 8,287.

NSW Health administered a record high of 17,223 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 6,048 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 1,737,557, with 615,471 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 1,122,086 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11:59pm on Monday 14 June.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities)5,437
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)56
Total tests carried out6,332,659
Total vaccinations administered in NSW1,737,557

As announced last night, NSW Health is investigating the source of a COVID-19 case diagnosed in hotel quarantine with an identical viral sequence to two cases who were staying in an adjacent room.

These cases are not included in today’s numbers as they were previously reported as overseas acquired cases. One of these cases may need to be reclassified as a locally acquired case, pending further investigations.

It is currently unclear how and where transmission occurred from a couple to another returned traveller who were all staying on the fourth floor of the Radisson Blu quarantine hotel. Genomic sequencing has shown all three cases have identical viral sequences of the Alpha strain (B.1.1.7).

The couple, who were asymptomatic, tested positive to COVID-19 on a routine Day 2 test on 3 June. The other returned traveller – the secondary case – returned a negative Day 2 test on 3 June before subsequently developing symptoms and testing positive for COVID-19 following a test on 5 June.

The couple and the secondary case were transferred from the Radisson Blu to the Special Health Accommodation, where they remain, following their positive tests.

All three cases arrived into Sydney on the same flight from Doha on 1 June and stayed in adjacent rooms in the quarantine hotel.

Early possibilities as to where transmission may have occurred from the couple to the secondary case include on the flight, on transport from the airport to the hotel, in the lobby of the hotel, or while in quarantine. Currently, there is no evidence of further transmission.

While the investigations into the transmission continue, out of an abundance of caution, 22 returned travellers who were on the same floor of the Radisson Blu hotel between June 1 and June 5 and were subsequently discharged have been contacted and asked to get tested and self-isolate pending further advice from NSW Health.

NSW Health has also asked all staff who worked on the fourth floor between June 1 and June 5 to get tested and isolate pending further advice from NSW Health.

NSW Health continues to remind people to check the NSW Health website regularly for the full list of venues of concern associated with two cases of COVID-19 who travelled through regional NSW while potentially infectious.

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 35 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in intensive care. 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
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster001,644
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00451
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing000
Under initial investigation000

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

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

COVID-19 vaccination update

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered in NSWDoses past 24 hours*All doses
NSW Health – first doses6,482 418,265
NSW Health – second doses10,741 197,206

* notified from 8pm 14 June 2021 to 8pm 15 June 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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