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NSW records 13th day of no new local cases, but beach town on alert

NSW has extended its run of no new locally acquired COVID‑19 cases to 13 days, but residents in a popular beach town have been urged to come forward for testing.Another three infections were diagnosed in hotel quarantine.NSW Health revealed fragments of the virus were found in sewage at Batemans Bay on November 17 but it…

NSW has extended its run of no new locally acquired COVID‑19 cases to 13 days, but residents in a popular beach town have been urged to come forward for testing.

Another three infections were diagnosed in hotel quarantine.

NSW Health revealed fragments of the virus were found in sewage at Batemans Bay on November 17 but it unclear whether they signify an old case.

Either way, the health department is urging the 21,000 people who live in that catchment area to come forward for testing regardless of how mild their symptoms might be.

Deputy chief health officer Dr Jeremy McAnulty said testing figures exceeded 18,000 during the 24 hour period.

Dr McAnulty also reiterated that South Australians entering NSW will be made to fill out a health declaration form following the state’s latest outbreak.

The same applies for NSW resident returning home from South Australia, Dr McAnulty said.

“NSW Health continues to advise residents to deter travel to Adelaide,” he said, noting that people from Adelaide should also consider delaying their trip to NSW.

“Now is not the time to drop our guard. Everyone must continue to be alert.”

This marks the longest local virus-free streak since NSW recorded 12 straight days without any community cases on October 7. Three community infections were included in case numbers the following day, bringing the previous streak to an end.

The news comes as Victoria has recorded three weeks of no cases, just days before the border is set to reopen.

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