26 November 2021

NSW recorded 261 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Four cases have been excluded following further investigation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 80,749.

There are currently 185 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 27 people in intensive care, 10 of whom require ventilation.

There were 73,027 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day's total of 74,926.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 80,749
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 627
Total tests carried out 21,565,946
Total vaccinations administered in NSW 12,827,204

Across NSW, 94.5 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 92.2 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Of the people aged 12 to 15, 81.1 per cent have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 76.1 per cent are fully vaccinated.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 12,827,204, with 4,143,793 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 8,683,411 administered by the GP network, pharmacies and other providers to 11.59pm on Wednesday 24 November 2021.

Of the 261 cases reported to 8pm last night, 68 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 36 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 34 are from Western Sydney LHD, 31 are from Sydney LHD, 28 are from Northern Sydney LHD, 15 are from Hunter New England LHD, nine are from Southern NSW LHD, eight are from Murrumbidgee LHD, eight are from Western NSW LHD, six are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, four are from Central Coast LHD, four are from Far West LHD, four are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, three are from Mid North Coast LHD, one is from Northern NSW LHD, one is in a correctional setting, and one is in hotel quarantine.

NSW Health's ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 in sewage samples collected from Blayney, Denman, Crescent Head and Grenfell, where there are currently no known or recent cases.

Everyone in these areas is urged to monitor for the onset of symptoms, and if they appear, to immediately be tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

People who live in Victoria are reminded that they can only come to NSW for a holiday or recreation if they are fully vaccinated. Those who are over 16 years of age and not fully vaccinated cannot travel to NSW for a holiday or recreation.

Different rules are in place for those who live in the NSW-Victoria border communities.

If you have any symptoms upon arrival into NSW from Victoria please get tested for COVID-19 immediately and self-isolate until you receive a negative result.

Before you enter NSW from interstate, make sure you are aware of the rules before you leave. For more information, visit the NSW Government website.

If you haven't received a COVID-19 vaccination yet, please don't delay. Even if you have had COVID-19 and recovered, you should get vaccinated.

NSW Health encourages everyone who is eligible to book into a NSW Health vaccination clinic or another provider without delay through the COVID-19 vaccine clinic finder.

If you have just returned from overseas you must comply with the NSW Health Guidelines, including requirements relating to testing and restrictions on attending certain high-risk premises.

You must have a COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours of arriving and also on or after day seven. You are not required to isolate while waiting for your results, unless you have symptoms. If symptoms present at any time after arrival you should get tested at a PCR drive-through clinic or other COVID testing facility.

NSW Health is contacting people who have recently arrived from overseas to remind them of these important obligations.

NSW Health also encourages people planning to host overseas guests to make sure they are fully vaccinated before the guests arrive. Please remind guests of the testing requirements, to watch out for symptoms and support guests to get tested and avoid high-risk locations.

Everyone who has been to these areas recently is urged to monitor for the onset of symptoms, and if they appear, to immediately be tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

If you are directed to get tested for COVID‑19 or self-isolate at any time, you must follow the self-isolation rules.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms it is still important that you have a test and self-isolate until you receive a negative test result.

There are 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.

COVID-19 vaccination update

NSW COVID-19 vaccination rate Total* (ages 16 and over) Total* (ages 12 – 15)
All providers – first doses94.5%81.1%
All providers – fully vaccinated 92.2%76%

*to 11.59pm 24 November 2021

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered by NSW Health Doses past 24 hours* All doses
NSW Health – first doses2882,207,089
NSW Health – second doses 8341,894,600
NSW Health – third doses1,03842,104
Total 2,160 4,143,793
*notified from 8pm 24 November 2021 to 8pm 25 November 2021
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