NSW records sixth day of no locally acquired COVID cases

Some welcome news for NSW today, with the state recording its sixth straight day without any community transmission of coronavirus.

There have been three new cases in the past 24 hours, with two returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

The third is believed to be an old locally acquired case, which was added onto today’s state tally.


“The locally acquired case is a man in his 50s from South Western Sydney,” NSW Health said.

“The epidemiological and laboratory investigations indicate the infection likely occurred two months ago, when the virus was circulating at low levels in South Western Sydney around July”.

While the low number of cases in the state is encouraging, residents are being warned not to become complacent.

“NSW Health thanks the community for all they have done towards reducing COVID-19 numbers and continues to ask people to remain vigilant and come forward for testing immediately if symptoms like a runny nose, scratchy throat, cough or fever appear,” officials said.

“This is particularly important with school holidays and increased movement of people around the state.”

There were 13,072 people swabbed for the virus in the past 24 hours, compared with 13,575 the day before.

The total number of cases in NSW now stands at 4,038, with 50 still active, including three in intensive care.

If NSW continues it’s streak of no community transmission for another 22 days, the Queensland border could be reopened to Sydney residents by potentially October 22.

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young has previously insisted that she wants to see 28 days of zero community transmission before opening up the state to all of NSW.

It comes as the Queensland border bubble was today expanded to include further New South Wales Local Government Areas including Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Glen Innes.

About 150,000 more NSW residents are now free to travel to Queensland, without the need to quarantine, following the border bubble expansion.