NSW records no new local COVID-19 cases

NSW has recorded no new local coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours but health authorities are still cautious about outbreaks within the community.

More than 20,000 tests were conducted but NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has called on more people to come forward for testing, particularly from Western Sydney, parts of south-west Sydney, and the Northern Beaches, where the outbreaks have been located.

“It is on the face of it very positive that we’ve had zero cases of local transmission but of course that’s entirely dependent on the numbers of cases who come forward,” the Minister told reporters on Thursday.


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It comes after NSW Health issued an alert for anyone who has been at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane, where a cluster of cases involving the highly contagious outbreak of the UK variant of COVID-19 has been detected.

Ten people from NSW have left that hotel since December 30 and have been tracked down by contact tracers.

“We understand they’re well and they’ll be getting tested and maintaining self-isolation for at least 14 days,” Minister Hazzard said.

“We thank those people very much in making sure the community is safe.”

The quarantine hotel is linked to six cases of the strain and has been closed by the Queensland government for deep cleaning.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant on Wednesday said it was unlikely restrictions across Greater Sydney would be eased anytime soon so they can make sure the clusters are contained.

“It would take at least three, maybe four weeks and so I need the community to be on track with us,” she said.

“As an epidemiologist, we like to see around two incubation periods before we assess that we are free of the disease.”

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