23 July 2021

NSW recorded 136 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Of these locally acquired cases, 77 are linked to a known case or cluster – 65 are household contacts and 12 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 59 cases is under investigation.

Fifty-three cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 17 cases were in isolation for part of their infectious period. Fifty-three cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 13 cases remains under investigation.

Five new overseas-acquired cases were recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. Four cases reported previously, but since found to be false positives, have been excluded, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 7,303.

There have been 1,782 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in the Bondi cluster was reported.

There are currently 137 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 32 people in intensive care, 14 of whom require ventilation.

There were 86,620 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 85,185. This is the third day in a row NSW testing records have been broken, and we thank the community for coming forward in such high numbers.

NSW Health administered 25,610 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 8,326 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 3,293,898, with 1,284,474 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 2,009,424 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Wednesday 21 July 2021.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 7,303
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 61
Total tests carried out 8,307,417
Total vaccinations administered in NSW3,293,898

Of the 136 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 62 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 29 are from Western Sydney LHD, 28 are from Sydney LHD, 14 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, two are from Northern Sydney LHD, one is from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD.

Due to the emergence of further cases of community transmission in Sydney’s west and south-west, starting from 12:01am Saturday 24 July, people living the Cumberland and Blacktown Local Government Areas (LGAs) will only be allowed to leave their LGA if they are an authorised worker.

Surveillance testing every 72 hours applies to all authorised workers who live in the Fairfield LGA and, starting from midnight tonight, health and aged care workers who live in the Canterbury Bankstown LGA.

From 12.01am today, a person who lives in the Canterbury-Bankstown LGA can only work in health or aged care outside of the LGA if they have been tested for COVID-19 in the previous 72 hours. These workers include all those who work in aged care facilities and those who provide health services or ancillary or support services, including cleaners, cooks, and security providers.

NSW Health’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 at sewage treatment plants at West Lindfield and Byron Bay, where there are no known cases.

It is the first ever detection at the West Lindfield sewage network, which serves almost 118,000 people in the suburbs of Denistone, Denistone West, Epping, Dundas Valley, Cheltenham, Carlingford, West Pennant Hills, Beecroft, Denistone East, Macquarie Park, Marsfield, Roseville, Lindfield, Normanhurst, Warrawee, West Pymble, Pymble, Gordon, North Epping, Turramurra, South Turramurra, Killara, Pennant Hills, Eastwood, Thornleigh and Wahroonga.

It is the first detection this year at the Byron Bay sewage treatment plant, which serves about 19,000 people in Byron Bay, Wategos, Suffolk Park, Sunrise, and Broken Head.

Everyone in these areas are asked to be especially vigilant for symptoms, and if they appear, to immediately come forward for testing and isolate until a negative result is received. If symptoms appear again, please be tested and isolate again.

People in the Greater Sydney region, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour, and the Orange, Blayney or Cabonne LGAs are reminded they must not leave home without a reasonable excuse. Taking a holiday is not a reasonable excuse.

If you are directed to get tested for COVID 19 or self-isolate at any time, you must follow the rules whether or not the venue or exposure setting is listed on the NSW Health website.

It remains vital that anyone who has any symptoms or is a close or casual contact of a person with COVID-19, isolates and is tested immediately. When testing clinics are busy, please ensure you stay in line, identify yourself to staff and tell them that you have symptoms or are a contact of a case.

Please check the NSW Government website regularly, and follow the relevant health advice if you have attended a venue of concern or travelled on a public transport route at the same time as a confirmed case of COVID-19. This list is being updated regularly as case investigations proceed.

There are more than 400 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit: COVID-19 clinics or contact your GP.

Likely source of confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW

Likely source of infectionCases past 24 hours*Cases past 7 days**All cases
Overseas 5183,335
Interstate 0091
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster 774963,028
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster01453
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing 59235396
Under initial investigation0
Total 1417507,303

Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.
*notified from 8pm 21 July 2021 to 8pm 22 July 2021 
**from 8pm 16 July 2021 to 8pm 22 July 2021

COVID-19 vaccination update

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered in NSWDoses past 24 hours*All doses
NSW Health – first doses 12,400 829,234
NSW Health – second doses  13,210 455,240
Total 25,610 1,284,474

*notified from 8pm 21 July 2021 to 8pm 22 July 2021

Video of today’s press conference will be uploaded to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - press conferences and video updates.