“Massive relief” | NSW records no new COVID cases

NEW South Wales has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 after a quarantine hotel worker tested positive to the virus.

The Sydney woman was the state’s first COVID case, other than a returned overseas traveller, in 25 days.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said officials were still trying to determine the source of the woman’s infection but it was clear it was “definitely not a locally transmitted virus”.


“So, important message. The virus is not part of our locally transmitted viruses, it appears it has come from overseas,” Minister Hazzard said.

“We have more work to do to work out where it has come from but highly likely it came from possibly the hotel or possibly aircrew that of course can stay overnight, stay
for a few days, before they turn around and go back overseas.

“We will do some more work and report back to the community but is extremely good news for all of us in Health and the New South Wales community.

“It is a massive relief.”

Minister Hazzard was confident NSW had the right processes in place to stay on top of the virus.

“New South Wales, and as the prime minister has said and many others, is gold standard,” Mr Hazzard said.

“But there is a risk .. when we are having returning travellers coming in from some of the most virus infested countries in the world.

“You have do expect that on occasions we might have some challenges. But as long as we can trace, we can track, we can isolate, that is what our gold standard health teams do. It removes our worries.

Health alerts regarding several public transport options the infected person travelled on are still in place this morning but NSW Health officials are currently reviewing whether they could be lifted later today.