Three new NSW cases, two companies working on ventilator prototypes

Just three new cases of coronavirus diagnosed in New South Wales overnight, though there was a slight decline in testing.

There was a bit of a dip in testing numbers, as has become usual after weekend periods. Though, over 5,200 tests were still conducted over the last 24 period.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is hoping to get that number consistently over 8,000, especially with some restrictions beginning to ease.


“The numbers are still continuing to be just a handful, which is a positive sign.

“But as we’re lifting restrictions in May, and as we look forward to lifting further restrictions beyond the ones that we’ve announced.

“We need to make sure that there are more people getting tested so that we can control the virus, and control the spread, and make sure majority of the community stays away from the virus,” Premier Berejiklian said.

Of the new cases, two have been diagnosed at the Anglicare Newmarch aged care facility, both in staff members.

It’s understood a third case has been detected there overnight as well, though that hasn’t been counted in yesterday’s figures, which were cut off at 8.00pm.

There’s sadly been another death at that facility as well, with a 72-year-old man passing away yesterday.

It’s the fifteenth death there, and brings the national death toll from coronavirus to 96.

Across New South Wales, there have been 3,035 confirmed cases in total, with 102 of those being treated by NSW Health. 13 of those are in intensive care, 11 on ventilators.

The Premier has also announced that two New South Wales companies are now working on prototypes for ventilators.

“This is really exciting news for New South Wales and Australia.

“We hope to be in a position here when we have sufficient supplies here that we can support other states and other countries in their supply chains in these must have ventilators, the Premier said.

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