NZ travellers on alert as NSW records one week with no cases

New South Wales has recorded another day with no new local cases of coronavirus, marking one whole week since the state had a case of community transmission.

Four returned overseas travellers have tested positive, however they do not pose a threat as they remain in hotel quarantine.

In the past 24 hours, more than 17,184 people were swabbed for the virus in NSW, with health authorities praising residents for continuing to come forward.


“NSW Health thanks the community for its support, as every person who comes forward for testing is playing an important role in helping to contain the spread of COVID-19,” NSW Health said.

It comes after recent arrivals from New Zealand into NSW were last night alerted to venues of concern in Auckland after an infected person was discovered in the major city.

The 455 passengers, who have arrived in Sydney since 5 November, have been sent a message with health advice and are also being called to be alerted to the venues of concern in Auckland.

The same advice was also given to passengers arriving in Sydney from New Zealand on Friday night, however no passengers reported having attended the venues of concern and none had symptoms.

NSW Health said airlines will ascertain if passengers have attended any venues of concern before they leave New Zealand and if they have, they will be not allowed to travel.

“All arrivals from New Zealand will be asked to monitor for even the mildest of symptoms and get tested and isolate if they feel unwell, then remain in isolation until a negative result is received,” NSW Health said.

“The risk posed by quarantine-free travel from New Zealand remains low”.