Australia NSW coronavirus milestone as no locally acquired cases identified for first time in 76 days

21:37  22 september  2020
21:37  22 september  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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NSW has reached a major coronavirus milestone , with no new locally -transmitted infections recorded in a week for the first time since the pandemic began. NSW deputy chief health officer Jeremy McAnulty said going a week with no locally - acquired cases was "good news" for the state.

Locally acquired – contact not identified . Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review. Graph: Epidemiological curve of confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW by likely source of infection and onset date.

NSW reached a coronavirus milestone on Tuesday, when health authorities failed to find a locally acquired case for the first time in more than 70 days.

While two new infections were confirmed in the 24 hours to 8.00pm yesterday, both were returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

It's the first time since July 8 there have been no locally acquired cases identified in Australia's most populous state.

At that time, NSW Health was unaware an infected man had visited the Crossroads Hotel in Sydney's south-west five days earlier, sparking a resurgence of the virus in the state.

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Tuesday's result marks two weeks in NSW without a mystery case — that is, a coronavirus case with an unknown source of infection.

The last mystery case confirmed in NSW was on September 8.

A total of 7,616 tests were completed in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday — the lowest number since June 14.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has previously expressed her wish that testing rates remain in the tens of thousands.

"We will only continue to beat this virus if we're able to increase the rates of testing," Ms Berejiklian said.

NSW Health's Jeremy McAnulty said it was critical testing levels remained above 20,000 a day to "keep the pandemic at bay".

Dr McAnulty said people in Sydney's south-west were at particular risk.

"For the sake of your friends and family, get a test," Dr McAnulty said.

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New South Wales has recorded another seven new coronavirus cases . It is the first time in seven days that locally acquired cases are in single digits. A previously reported case visited Costco at Marsden Park on July 19 from 11am to 2pm. Anyone who was present at that time is being urged to

* Active cases are locally acquired COVID-19 cases with onset in the last four weeks. This is based on the date the person first developed symptoms. ** *The heatmap excludes 189 cases in crew members who tested positive while on board a ship docked in NSW at the time of diagnosis.

It comes as Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed her state's border would open to people in five NSW local government areas from October 1.

Residents of the Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Glen Innes local government areas will be able to enter Queensland as long as they apply for a border pass.

It means people from 41 NSW postcodes will be able to travel into Queensland without completing a mandatory 14-day period of quarantine.

Queenslanders will be able to move freely through those NSW areas and return home without having to self-isolate.

The low transmission of the virus in Sydney has prompted South Australia's Government to reopen the state's border with NSW from 12:01am Thursday, as long as no mystery cases are announced on Wednesday.

That means NSW residents will no longer need to complete a 14-day mandatory quarantine period when visiting SA.

Meanwhile, July 8 was the last time no locally acquired cases of coronavirus were found in NSW.

In that reporting period, 13 new COVID-19 infections were confirmed.

Eleven of them were in hotel quarantine and the other two were previously identified "probable cases" that were added to NSW's total as a formality.

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