The NSW Premier has urged people to get tested over Christmas and Boxing Day even if they develop the most mild of symptoms.
It comes as the people of NSW broke a record for the third consecutive day, as more than 60,000 people were tested for coronavirus in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday.
But Gladys Berejiklian warned the best way to help fight back against the outbreak in the northern beaches was to keep testing rates up, even over the Christmas public holidays.
“If you happen to develop a symptom on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, please go and get tested,” the Premier said on Thursday.
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“We will have 300 clinics across the state, private, government, pathology testing units, working throughout the night, private and public.
“Our health people and the supporting pathologists have just been amazing, so even if you get a symptom on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, please go and get tested.
“Do not wait until the 27th because if people wait you could be unintentionally infect people and ruining Christmas for those closest to you.”
“Our message strongly is please get tested no matter what day it is and given the response and the feedback people are getting their results in a couple of hours, within half a day, so please make sure, even getting tested and staying isolated for that period of time means that all of us can stay safe over the next few days,” the Premier added.
She also urged people that the “strongest” health advice for the coming days was to limit your mobility.
“We don’t want people moving around unless you absolutely have to.”
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NSW chief health officer echoed the Premier’s plea, urging the people of Sydney and NSW to continue coming forward for testing from today onwards.
“It is important that we are not complacent today. We really do need to come and get tested and anecdotally we have had some feedback that our clinic lines are not as long as they were before, “ Dr Kerry Chant said today.
“Please, if you have the mildest of symptoms and you are anywhere and the state, please get tested.”
She said there were a record 60,184 tests conducted in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, and said there’d been an increase in most of the local health district areas in New South Wales. She said Northern Sydney, southeastern Sydney and Sydney had seen the most significant rises.
The Premier announced that about 300 testing locations will remain open across NSW over the Christmas and New Years period, urging people to “not delay getting a test”.
News.com.au has contacted NSW Health for more information about the list of clinics open over the holiday period. We will update this article when the list becomes available.
Alternatively, to find your nearest COVID-19 testing location, you can visit the NSW Health website and enter your postcode, or call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
NSW reported nine new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, Christmas Eve. Seven of the new vases are linked to the Avalon cluster.
It takes the total number of cases linked to the Avalon cluster to 104.