NSW recorded four new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. Two of these cases, linked to the Berala cluster, were first reported yesterday morning, but are included in today’s numbers.
Four cases were also recorded in returned travellers in hotel quarantine, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,784.
There were 26,391 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 22,275. NSW Health urges people – especially those in western, south-western Sydney and Wollongong – to continue to come forward with even the mildest of symptoms. Every person who gets tested plays an important role in helping to contain the spread of COVID-19.
A high-volume drive-through COVID testing clinic is open at Merrylands Park, at the corner of Burnett Street and Merrylands Road, from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. Anyone who has been identified as a close contact from the BWS Berala should go to this site.
|Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities)||4,784|
|Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)||56|
|Total tests carried out||4,219,032|
Of the eight new locally acquired cases to 8pm last night:
- Two are linked to the BWS Berala cluster, which now numbers 15. A further case, who attended Woolworths, is likely linked to the Berala cluster and is under investigation.
- One is a close contact of previously reported case linked to the Croydon cluster, which now numbers 10.
- In addition, four cases were acquired overseas and are in hotel quarantine.
NSW Health has updated its advice regarding the BSW and Woolworths in Berala as part of our efforts to stop the spread of the virus and understand how transmission has occurred in these two key venues of concern.
It is critical that people who visited these venues from 20 December to 31 December are tested for COVID-19 and follow the appropriate advice regarding self-isolation, depending on whether they are a close or casual contact.
Those identified as close contacts from BWS and Woolworths in Berala should get tested and isolate for 14 days even if they receive a negative result. Household contacts of close contacts should isolate until the close contact has received a negative result.
People identified as casual contacts from these two venues should get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result. Please continue to monitor for symptoms, and if they appear, get tested again.
- BWS Berala
- Sunday, 20 December