NSW records another single-digit increase in virus cases

New South Wales has recorded it’s seventh consecutive day of a single-digit increase in new cases.

Five new infections have been diagnosed in the past 24 hours, with two of those returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

The other three cases were locally acquired in southwest Sydney.


It’s prompted NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to again remind residents, especially those in western or south-western Sydney, to get tested if they’re sick.

“Please make sure, if you’re in western or south-western Sydney in particular, that if you have the mildest of symptoms, you come forward and get tested,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We know the virus is circulating in those communities and our anxiety is that we want to reduce the number of unknown cases.”

When questioned about whether the border will remain closed into 2021, the Premier revealed it was still too early to predict.

“In a pandemic, I think it would be courageous to predict beyond a few months,” she said.

“We are always hopeful and optimistic… In fact, Dr Chant and I and others, you know, consider where we could have been. I mean six or seven weeks after the Victorian outbreak was made aware of, New South Wales has been holding our own. I’m pleased with how we’ve gone.”

However Ms Berejiklian said she still remains anxious about the unknown cases in south-western Sydney.

“We know the virus is circulating, but certainly I think to date we can look back and think the decisions we made at those times were the right ones,” she said.

“I remember getting criticised when we closed the Victorian border because I’d waited too long and now I’m getting criticised that the border is there at all. So I’ve accepted and acknowledged, in a pandemic, I’ll never be able to please everybody all the time. And that’s OK. I’m completely comfortable with that.

“Because the decisions we take are for the safety and wellbeing of our citizens, and we’re trying our hardest to get the right balance, but we appreciate, along the way, that certain communities will suffer more than others because of the consequences of our decisions, and our job is to identify them and support them, which is what we’re doing.”

A massive 28,767 people in NSW were swabbed for the virus in the past 24 hours.