NSW records no new local COVID cases overnight

New South Wales has recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday.

However officials have already confirmed that two cases were detected this morning, both linked to the Berala cluster.

They will be included in tomorrow’s figures.


The state did record seven cases in hotel quarantine.

There were more than 22,000 tests carried out in the 24 hours to Sunday night.

Acting New South Wales Premier John Barilaro says they need those numbers to be higher.

“If we’re going to succeed in staying ahead of the COVID pandemic, testing is crucial in large numbers so we can be confident of the data when we’re making decisions as we progress going forward,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Now, the 22,275 tests, can I just say thank you to everybody for coming out because, you know, without that, we’re not going to be able to make the decisions we do as a Government. But we do need to increase those numbers.”

The two cases detected this morning are both linked to the BWS in Berala.

A man in his 40s visited the store on December 24.

The second is a woman in her 40s who officials also believe is associated with the BWS and Woolworths at Berala, with investigations ongoing.

The Berala cluster has already been linked back to a healthcare worker involved in the transport of returned travellers to quarantine hotels.

That person passed it on to a close contact who has then visited the BWS store.

“Can I just stress that at the time where the person entered the BWS, they had no symptoms and no reason at all to think they had COVID infection,” NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said.

“It really is important that we all bring that to mind that any time we’re out and about, someone could have COVID and that’s why we need those universal precautions of keeping that physical distancing and the mask-wearing particularly in those indoor settings.”

Mr Barilaro has played down speculation more areas of Sydney could be ordered into lockdown.

“We leave everything on the table, but I can make this clear today there won’t be any lockdown of the Cumberland area, no other lockdown in any other parts of Sydney.

“The restrictions we have in place are strong enough to deal with what we have in front of us and, of course, the mandating of makes gives us an ability for mobility and to go forward.”

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