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NSW marks 10-day COVID-19 free streak

For the 10th day in a row, NSW has recorded no new locally acquired COVID-19 cases. Four people in hotel quarantine tested positive as 8588 tests were reported to 8pm on Monday night, up from 7034 the day prior.Deputy chief health officer Dr Jeremy McAnulty said NSW Health was treating 61 people with COVID-19, and…

For the 10th day in a row, NSW has recorded no new locally acquired COVID-19 cases.

Four people in hotel quarantine tested positive as 8588 tests were reported to 8pm on Monday night, up from 7034 the day prior.

Deputy chief health officer Dr Jeremy McAnulty said NSW Health was treating 61 people with COVID-19, and none were in intensive care. At least 93 per cent of cases are being treated by NSW Health in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.

It comes as NSW Health races to contact people who have recently arrived on flights from South Australia following the Parafield outbreak.

Health advice is being offered to those who have recently arrived from Adelaide, and passengers arriving on flights and buses are being screened.

“All people travelling from South Australia, particularly Adelaide, to NSW including recent arrivals are asked to monitor for even the mildest of symptoms and get tested and isolate if they appear,” Dr McAnulty said.

“They must remain in isolation until a negative result is received.”

The 10th-consecutive day marks the longest break in local infections since October 7 when there was a 12-day run of no new cases.

It comes after Gladys Berejiklian told reporters on Monday she would not be closing the state’s border with South Australia despite a concerning cluster outbreak in Adelaide.

“At the end of the day, we need to live with the pandemic, and that is why I say to every state: have confidence in your system,” she said.

“Open up so that if there is an outbreak, we can all support each other and work together.”

Dr McAnulty asked more people to come forward to get tested, warning there could be virus going undetected in the community as it is being transmitted between asymptomatic carriers.

“If people don’t come forward for testing, outbreaks can easily be missed early on when they can be more readily controlled,” he said.

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