NSW records no new local cases, Premier to lift restrictions next week

The NSW Premier has confirmed restrictions will ease across the state next week after the state recorded another day of no local COVID-19 cases.

There were just three cases recorded in NSW in the last 24 hours, all in hotel quarantine.

There were 19,959 tests reported to 8pm last night, an increase on the previous day’s total of 10,621.


People in Sydney’s south-west are being asked to be extra vigilant when it comes to symptoms after viral fragments were detected in a treatment plant in Glenfield, which takes in more than 160,000 residents.

“While this could reflect known returned travellers in the area, everyone living or working in Macquarie Fields, Macquarie Links, Menangle Park, Minto, Raby, Rosemeadow, Ruse, St Andrews, St Helens Park, Varroville and Woodbine should monitor for symptoms and get tested and isolate immediately if they appear,” a NSW Health statement said.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said things were looking positive for restrictions to be as close as possible to how they were before the COVID outbreak in Sydney’s Northern Beaches in December.

“If things continue they way they are, by this time next week there will be several decisions made about us getting as close to possible to pre-Avalon conditions,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“So if we keep case numbers low – and it doesn’t have to be zero every day but as long as case rates remain low and testing rates are good, we will move as close to Avalon as possible in a week’s time.”

However, she admitted mask wearing rules could stay in place.

“In particular I’d like to highlight masks, for example, on public transport might be something that stays in place indefinitely.”

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