NSW recorded no new cases of locally acquired COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.
Four cases were reported in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine. A previously reported case has been excluded after further investigation. This brings the total number of cases in NSW to 4,363 since the start of the pandemic.
|Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities)||4,363|
|Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)||55|
|Total tests carried out||3,414,711|
There were 16,291 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with 6,976 in the previous 24 hours.
NSW Health is treating 88 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in intensive care. Most cases, 96 per cent, are being treated by NSW Health in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.
The discovery of COVID-19 virus fragments in sewage at the Liverpool sewage treatment plant has prompted renewed calls for residents to get tested. The virus fragments were detected through the state’s ongoing sewage surveillance program.
Detection of the virus in sewage samples could reflect the presence of known cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in recent weeks in the area served by this sewage treatment plant. However, NSW Health is concerned there could be other active cases in the local community in people who have not been tested and who might incorrectly assume their symptoms are just a cold.
The area served by the treatment plant includes the suburbs of Bardia, Hinchinbrook, Hoxton Park, Abbotsbury, Ingleburn, Prestons, Holsworthy, Edmondson Park, Austral, Cecil Park, Cecil Hills, Elizabeth Hills, Bonnyrigg Heights, Edensor Park, Green Valley, Pleasure Point, Casula, Hammondville, Liverpool, Moorebank, Wattle Grove, Miller, Cartwright, Lurnea, Warwick Farm, Chipping Norton, Voyager Point, Macquarie Links, Glenfield, Catherine Field, Gledswood Hills, Varroville, Leppington, West Hoxton, Horningsea Park, Middleton Grange, Len Waters Estate, Carnes Hill, Denham Court.
People in these areas must be aware of any symptoms of illness, and immediately isolate and get tested should even the mildest of symptoms appear. Symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, tiredness, fever or other symptoms could be COVID-19. After testing, you must remain in isolation until a negative result is received. The only way to find new cases and prevent further transmission is to increase testing.
There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 testing clinics or contact your GP.
While there have been no new locally acquired cases in NSW for the past 18 days, new infections have appeared in the past after a number of days without any cases because of transmission among people with mild or no symptoms.
To help stop the spread of COVID-19:
- If you are unwell, get tested and isolate right away – don’t delay.
- Wash your hands regularly. Take hand sanitiser with you when you go out.
- Keep your distance. Leave 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
- Wear a mask when using public transport, rideshares and taxis, and in shops, places of worship and other places where you can’t physically distance. When taking taxis or rideshares, commuters should also sit in the back.
Likely source of confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW
|Likely source of infection||Cases past 24 hours*||Cases past 7 days**||All cases|
|Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster||0||0||1,437|
|Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster||0||0||433|
|Locally acquired – investigation ongoing||0||0||0|
|Under initial investigation||0||0||0|
Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.
*notified from 8pm 23 November 2020 to 8pm 24 November 2020
**from 8pm 18 November 2020 to 8pm 24 November 2020
Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date
|Since 29 March 2020||Count|
|Symptomatic travellers tested||7,171|
|Since 30 June 2020||Count|
|Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2||50,282|
|Since 15 May 2020||Count|
|Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 10||62,263|
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