05 December 2021

NSW recorded 286 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. There is now a total of 15 cases of COVID-19 with the Omicron variant in NSW, and results on further likely cases are due later today.

Five cases have been excluded following further investigation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 82,929.

Sadly, NSW Health is today reporting the death of a man in his 60s from south eastern Sydney who died at St George Hospital. He had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions.

NSW Health expresses its sincere condolences to his loved ones.

There are currently 148 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 26 people in intensive care, five of whom require ventilation.

There were 66,671 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 68,435.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 82,929
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 632
Total tests carried out22,174,797
Total vaccinations administered in NSW12,945,051

NSW Health is continuing to investigate an outbreak of COVID-19 cases with the Omicron variant at Regents Park Christian School, Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym Villawood, and St Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School in Regents Park.

There have now been five cases confirmed as being the Omicron variant of concern linked to these venues in addition to a confirmed case in the ACT who likely acquired their infection at the Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym Villawood. Genome sequencing is currently underway on a number of other COVID-19 cases linked to these settings.

One of the confirmed Omicron cases is a student at St Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School in Regents Park who attended the Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym in Villawood on Saturday November 27.

All year three and year four students and teachers at St Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School have been deemed close contacts and asked to self-isolate. Contact tracing and genome sequencing is underway on several cases of COVID-19 identified in the school community.

Anyone who attended the Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym on Saturday 27 November between 9am and 4.30pm is a close contact who must immediately get tested and isolate according to NSW Health guidelines. People should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested.

To date, there have been no cases with the Omicron variant admitted to hospital in NSW for treatment of COVID-19.

All travellers arriving in NSW who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini and Malawi during the 14-day period before their arrival in NSW must enter hotel quarantine for 14 days, irrespective of their vaccination status.

Anyone who has already arrived in NSW who has been in any of the eight African countries within the previous 14 days must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, and call NSW Health on 1800 943 553.

All passengers must monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again.

Any passengers arriving from overseas aged 18 years and over who are not fully vaccinated go directly into 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine.

Penalties for non-compliance with the isolation, testing and quarantine requirements have increased to $5,000 for individuals (from $1,000), and $10,000 for corporations (from $5,000).

Across NSW, 94.6 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 92.8 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Of the people aged 12 to 15, 81.4 per cent have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 77.2 per cent are fully vaccinated.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 12,945,051 with 4,174,067 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 8,770,984 administered by the GP network, pharmacies and other providers to 11.59pm on Friday 3 December 2021.

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.

Of the 286 cases reported to 8pm last night, 82 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 51 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 45 are from Sydney LHD, 40 are from Western Sydney LHD, 18 are from Northern Sydney LHD, nine are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, eight are from Central Coast LHD, seven are from Hunter New England LHD, seven are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, seven are from Western NSW LHD, three are from Northern NSW LHD, two are from Mid North Coast LHD, two are from Murrumbidgee LHD, one is from Southern NSW LHD, and four are yet to be assigned to a LHD.

NSW Health's ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 in sewage samples collected from Dungog and Young where there are no recent known cases.

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 rateTotal* (ages 16 and over) Total* (ages 12 – 15)
All providers – first doses 94.6%
All providers – fully vaccinated 92.8%77.2%

*to 11.59pm 3 December 2021

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered by NSW HealthDoses past 24 hours* All doses
NSW Health – first doses 154 2,196,809
NSW Health – second doses 492 1,922,813
NSW Health – third doses 976 54,445
Total 1,622 4,174,067

*notified from 8pm 3 December 2021 to 8pm 4 December 2021