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NSW reports no new local virus cases for seven days in a row

Nine new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in New South Wales over the past 24 hours, with no new locally acquired cases recorded. NSW Health confirmed its latest bout of new COVID-19 cases are all from returned travellers in the state’s hotel quarantine system.It is the seventh day no locally acquired cases have been…

Nine new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in New South Wales over the past 24 hours, with no new locally acquired cases recorded.

NSW Health confirmed its latest bout of new COVID-19 cases are all from returned travellers in the state’s hotel quarantine system.

It is the seventh day no locally acquired cases have been reported in NSW.

“NSW Health is treating 72 people with COVID-19, none of whom are in intensive care,” Dr Christine Selvey said.

Recent sewage monitoring results have shown again evidence of the virus in southwestern and north west Sydney.

“Everyone in these areas is urged to immediately get tested if they have any symptoms that could signal COVID-19,” Dr Selvey said.

Dr Selvey said the health department is thankful to the community for the increased number of tests which have occurred in the past 24 hours.

In the past 24 hours 17,226 tests were conducted across the state.

“Everyone who is coming forward for testing is playing an important role in helping to contain the spread of COVID-19,” Dr Selvey said.

With the weather warming up, Dr Selvey said it is not the time for people to become complacent about the virus as the risk of ongoing transmission is still high.

“Now is not the time to drop our guard,” she said.

“Everyone needs to continue to be alert to the ongoing risk of transmission of COVID-19 and keep practising physical distancing and good hand hygiene, and most importantly to get tested and isolate if they feel unwell.”

Since the start of the pandemic, NSW has reported 4306 confirmed cases and 55 deaths.

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