No locally acquired cases found in NSW amid 27,000 tests

No locally acquired cases found in NSW amid 27,000 tests

There have been zero locally acquired COVID-19 cases in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday, with all six of the cases reported by the state acquired overseas.

There were 27,879 tests in the same period, which is down from the previous day's number which was above 32,000.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said there had been a new case found on Thursday morning, in a man living in the northern zone of the Northern Beaches.

The man was self-isolating, then left isolation and developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive, she said.

She said it was unclear how he had acquired their infection, and put out a plea for people in the area to keep getting tested.

Acting Premier John Barilaro said the daily case numbers were a good result for the state.

He also reminded people attending today's cricket test at the Sydney Cricket Ground that they were required to wear masks all day, except for when they are eating and drinking.

He said the state was confident the event would have "minimal risk to public health".

Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said mask use would be mandated for spectators at other upcoming sporting events, including the A-League being held in Newcastle on the weekend.

Shoalhaven venue alerts

As well as a number of venue updates for Sydney, NSW Health has issued a venue alert for two Shoalhaven businesses, in Kangaroo Valley and Huskisson, which were visited briefly in December by a person with COVID 19.

Posting on its Facebook page around midnight Wednesday, NSW Health said anyone who attended the venues at the times listed were casual contacts and should monitor for symptoms and, if they occur, get tested immediately and self-isolate until you receive a negative result:

- Kangaroo Valley, Nostalgia Factory, 167 Moss Vale Road, Kangaroo Valley: Sunday 27 December 11.20am - 11.30am

- Huskisson, Taj Indian Restaurant, 2/47 Owen St, Huskisson Sunday 27 December, 4.45pm - 5.20pm

Pop-up testing clinics are operating at the Nowra Showground and the Kiama Leisure Centre. Anyone with even the mildest symptoms is urged to get tested and isolate until they get results.

Dr Chant also reminded people on the far South Coast, in Eden and Bermagui, that they needed to be on the lookout for symptoms, after venues in the area were exposed to a COVID-19 risk at the end of December.

She said testing rates in those towns had been high so far, but that people needed to be re-tested if symptoms occurred.

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