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NSW recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night

Four new cases were acquired overseas, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,965.


There were 10,177 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 12,175.


While today marks 37 days with no reported locally acquired cases in NSW, there is still a risk of COVID-19 spreading into the community. New cases among overseas arrivals are regularly detected, making it critical for everyone to come forward for testing with the mildest of symptoms.


An expert panel has concluded that a recently returned overseas traveller, whose infection was under investigation, had an older infection acquired while the person was overseas.


As first reported on 7 February, the person from the Wollongong area tested positive to COVID-19 two days after being released from hotel quarantine.


NSW Health thanks this person for their co-operation in undertaking a range of comprehensive COVID-19 testing as we worked to understand the timing and nature of the infection, and to rule out the possibilities that it was acquired during their stay in hotel quarantine or it was an extended incubation period.


People who have recently recovered from COVID-19 can sometimes continue to shed virus fragments for several weeks or longer, even after they are no longer infectious.


While there are a number of recently recovered cases in the Auburn area, NSW Health is urging everyone to be vigilant for symptoms – and to get tested immediately and isolate if they appear – after the state’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected traces of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the Auburn Sewage Network, which serves more than 110,000 people. This is the second recent detection in this area.


Please be alert for symptoms if you live or work in the suburbs of Condell Park, Bankstown, Potts Hill, Birrong, Sefton, Bass Hill, Chester Hill, Regents Park, Chullora, Homebush West, Strathfield, Rookwood, Sydney Olympic Park, Newington, Granville, Clyde, Lidcombe, Auburn, South Granville, Guildford, Silverwater, Rosehill, Berala and Yagoona.


NSW Health is treating 20 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in intensive care. Most cases (95 per cent) are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care, including returned travellers in the Special Health Accommodation.


There are more than 350 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week.


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