NSW latest Covid-19 update as at 18 April

NSW recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Three cases in one family previously reported as overseas acquired have been reclassified as locally acquired following transmission in hotel quarantine.

Six new cases were acquired overseas to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,187.

There were 8,088 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 8,763.

NSW Health’s vaccination clinics generally operate Monday to Friday. Therefore, there may be limited or no vaccines administered on weekend days and public holidays due to planned closures.

There were 550 COVID-19 vaccines administered by NSW Health in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. The total number of vaccines administered by NSW Health is now 173,852.

CasesCount
Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 5,187
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 56
Total tests carried out 5,532,308
Total vaccinations administered by NSW Health173,852

The three cases reclassified from overseas acquired to locally acquired today are a family of returned travellers. It is believed they acquired the virus during hotel quarantine from a family of four staying in an adjoining room on level 12 at the Adina Apartment Hotel, Town Hall. They share the same viral sequence.

The families arrived from different countries and on different days. The original family of cases are  believed to have been infectious between Thursday 8 and Sunday 11 April. Investigations are continuing into how the transmission occurred.

All guests staying on the same floor of the hotel have been retested and returned negative results. Staff who worked on level 12  are in self-isolation and undergoing testing.

The two families were separately transferred to the Special Health Accommodation and will remain there until they are no longer infectious.

NSW Health is treating 67 COVID-19 cases, one of whom is in ICU. Most (94 per cent) are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care, including returned travellers in the Special Health Accommodation.

Testing rates have fallen in recent days. NSW Health strongly urges anyone with even the mildest of symptoms to isolate and get tested immediately.

There are more than 350 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. 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
Overseas6393,004
Interstate 0090
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster 031,643
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00450
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing 000
Under initial investigation000
Total 6425,187

Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.

*notified from 8pm 16 April 2021 to 8pm 17 April 2021

**from 8pm 11 April 2021 to 8pm 17 April 2021

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020 Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 12,011
Found positive 234
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 95,138
Found positive593
From 15 May 2020 to 12 January 2021Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 1079,623
Found positive 182
Since 13 January 2021Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 12*27,129
Found positive28

* Testing previously carried out on day 10 is now carried out on day 12.

COVID-19 vaccination update

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered by NSW HealthDoses past 24 hours*All doses
First doses 437119,184
Second doses 11354,668
Total550173,852

*notified from 8pm 16 April 2021 to 8pm 17 April 2021

Note: NSW Health’s vaccination clinics generally operate Monday to Friday. Therefore, there may be limited or no vaccines administered on weekend days and public holidays due to planned closures.

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