23 June 2021

NSW recorded 10 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, seven of which were already announced yesterday morning.

NSW Health has also been notified of 13 new locally acquired cases overnight. These cases will be included in tomorrow's numbers. There are now 31 cases linked to the Bondi cluster.

One new overseas-acquired case was recorded in the same period, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,476.

There were 44,640 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 28,645.

NSW Health thanks the community for coming forward to get tested for COVID-19, with a very encouraging response yesterday. High testing numbers are vital in detecting cases of COVID-19 in order to prevent further transmission.

NSW Health administered 17,682 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 6,453 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 1,954,055, with 711,807 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 1,242,248 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Monday 21 June.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities)5,476
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)56
Total tests carried out6,527,118
Total vaccinations administered in NSW1,954,055

Of the 10 locally reported cases to 8pm last night:

Seven cases were already announced yesterday:

  • A child who attends St Charles Catholic Primary School, Waverley.
  • A man in his 60s from Wollongong. He is a household contact of a previously reported case and has been in isolation while infectious.
  • Five family members who are household contacts of a previous case. They have been in isolation while infectious.

Three further cases were reported to 8pm last night:

  • A man in his 50s who works in Bondi Junction.
  • A woman in her 40s from Wollongong. She is a close contact of a previously reported case and has been in isolation while infectious.
  • A man in his 30s from South West Sydney. He is a close contact of a previously reported case.

13 locally acquired cases were notified overnight, after the 8pm reporting cut-off:

  • 8 of these cases are linked to a birthday party in West Hoxton, attended by a previously reported case linked to the Bondi cluster. About 30 people attended this party and they have all been tested and are in isolation. A total of 10 people who attended the party have now tested positive for COVID-19, including a two-year-old child, who attended Little Zak’s childcare in Narellan Vale on 21 June.
  • 1 of these cases is a close contact of a previously reported case linked to the Bondi cluster.
  • 4 of the overnight cases are currently unlinked. Urgent investigations and contact tracing are underway.

One of the cases took a flight (QF163) from Sydney to Wellington, New Zealand, departing Sydney at 7:05pm Friday 18 June and arriving in Wellington at 12:12am on Saturday 19 June. The person then returned on a flight (NZ247) from Wellington, New Zealand to Sydney on Monday 21 June 2021, departing Wellington at 10:13am and arriving in Sydney at 11:33am.

NSW Health is asking anyone who was in Westfield Bondi Junction (including the car park), particularly Fitness First, at any time between 12 June and 18 June to get tested for COVID-19.

Only people with symptoms and those who have been to specific exposure venues at the listed times need to test and isolate. Anyone who does not have symptoms and has not been to specific exposure venues at the listed times should get tested but does not need to isolate. However, these people are strongly urged to avoid gatherings and minimise their movements, such as not attending the cinemas or trips to the ski fields until they return a negative test. If you can work from home, please do so.

NSW Health is also asking anyone who attended Wallabies Thai Restaurant in Mascot on 19 June between 11:30 am and 12 pm (sitting either inside or outside) to please ring NSW Health Contact Tracing on 1800 943 553.

Venues of concern are regularly being identified as case investigations continue, and the list of venues and associated health advice is continuing to be updated. Please check the NSW Health website regularly and follow the relevant health advice if you have attended a venue of concern.

NSW Health was notified yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon that fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been detected in the Lough Park Sewage Network and at Brooklyn Sewage Treatment Plant. This is the second recent detection in Brooklyn after a detection on Sunday 20 June.

The Brooklyn catchment includes about 1,000 people and takes sewage from the following suburbs: Dangar Island, Cowan, Brooklyn, Mooney Mooney, and Cheerio Point.

The Lough Park catchment includes about 21,500 people and takes sewage from the following suburbs: Clovelly, Waverley, Randwick, Centennial Park, Queens Park, Bondi, Bondi Junction, Bellevue Hill, Double Bay, and Woollahra.

NSW Health is asking everyone in these areas to be especially vigilant in monitoring for symptoms, and if they appear get tested and isolate immediately until a negative result is received.

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 testing clinics or contact your GP.

From 4pm yesterday (Tuesday) until 12.01am on Thursday 1 July 2021, masks are mandatory in certain public indoor venues in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour. These venues include retail, theatres and aged care facilities. Masks are also mandatory for front-of-house hospitality staff.

Masks also continue to be mandatory on public transport in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

People are also reminded to avoid non-essential visits to aged care and disability facilities, but if visiting, wear a mask and limit visits to two people per day.

NSW Health is treating 46 COVID-19 cases, one of whom is in intensive care. Most cases (96 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 cluster7201,664
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00451
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing355
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 21 June 2021 to 8pm 22 June 2021
**from 8pm 16 June 2021 to 8pm 22 June 2021

Video from today’s press conference will be uploaded to our website.