NSW latest Covid-19 update as at 9 May

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

Six new cases were acquired overseas to 8pm last night. A previously reported overseas acquired case has been excluded after further investigations, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,343.

There were 18,024 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 22,153.

We thank the community for their strong response to calls for testing and continue to urge everyone in NSW with even the mildest symptoms – such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose – to come forward immediately for testing, then isolate until you receive a negative result. High testing rates are vital for detecting any unidentified chains of transmission in the community as early as possible.

NSW Health administered 1,127 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 779,939, with 235,852 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 544,087 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Friday 7 May.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 5,343
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)56
Total tests carried out5,758,717
Total vaccinations administered in NSW779,939

Investigations are ongoing into the source of two locally acquired cases, announced on Thursday 6 May. They are household contacts of each other; a man and woman in their 50s from the eastern suburbs.

Despite extensive investigations to date, NSW Health has not identified how the initial case, the man in his 50s, was exposed to COVID-19, which suggests he acquired the infection through brief contact with a currently unidentified person who was infectious in the community.

To safeguard the community and reduce the risk of further transmission, the NSW Government has extended the temporary COVID-safe measures (except for one change in regard to retail) which were put in place until 12.01am Monday 10 May by one week for the Greater Sydney region (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains).

The one change to the existing orders removes the requirement for retail customers to wear masks, however public-facing staff in retail outlets must continue to do so.

The following measures will now be in effect until 12.01 am Monday 17 May.

  • Visitors to households are limited to 20 guests, including children;
  • Masks are compulsory on public transport and in public indoor venues, such as theatres, hospitals, and aged care facilities.
  • Masks are not required in gyms or other similar facilities like indoor pools or dance studios;
  • Drinking while standing up at indoor venues is not allowed;
  • Singing by audiences at indoor shows or by congregants at indoor places of worship is not allowed;
  • Dancing is not allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however, dancing is allowed at weddings with a strong recommendation that no more than 20 people should be on the dancefloor at any one time; and
  • Visitors to aged care facilities are limited to two people per day.

In relation to hospitality venues and retail outlets, masks must be worn by customer-facing staff. Patrons and customers do not have to wear a mask unless they are in the gaming area of a hospitality venue.

A full list of venues of concern connected with the two recent locally acquired cases is available on the NSW Government website.

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.

NSW Health is treating 111 COVID-19 cases, one of whom is in intensive care and being ventilated. Most cases (97 per cent) are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care, including returned travellers in the Special Health Accommodation.

Likely source of confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW

Likely source of infectionCases past 24 hours*Cases past 7 days**All cases
Overseas6463,157
Interstate0090
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster01 1,645
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00450
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing011
Under initial investigation000
Total6485,343

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

* notified from 8pm 7 May 2021 to 8pm 8 May 2021 

** from 8pm 2 May 2021 to 8pm 8 May 2021

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 12,760
Found positive 258
Since 30 June 2020:Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 102,195
Found positive673
From 15 May 2020 to 12 January 2021:Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 1079,623
Found positive182
Since 13 January 2021:Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 12*33,987
Found positive38

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

COVID-19 vaccination update

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered in NSWDoses past 24 hours*All doses
NSW Health – first doses643158,460
NSW Health – second doses 48477,392
Total1,127235,852

*notified from 8pm 7 May 2021 to 8pm 8 May 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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