NSW coronavirus milestone as no locally acquired cases confirmed in past week
NSW has reached a major coronavirus milestone, with no new locally-transmitted infections recorded in a week for the first time since the pandemic began.
A total of 15 new coronavirus infections have been recorded since last Tuesday, but all have been found in people who have returned from overseas and are in hotel quarantine. Two school children in Sydney’s eastern suburbs were the state’s last-known locally-acquired cases. Health authorities have not revealed how the 10-year-old student from Moriah College or 12-year-old student at Waverley College contracted the virus. NSW had no new coronavirus infections confirmed in the 24 hours to 8.00pm yesterday. There have been 3,104 confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW since the pandemic began.
NSW deputy chief health officer Jeremy McAnulty said going a week with no locally-acquired cases was “good news” for the state. Dr McAnulty said the risk of a fresh outbreak or resurgence of cases remained in NSW, and urged people to get tested if they felt unwell. “The virus is still likely to be circulating in people in the community with mild symptoms,” he said. A total of of 7,018 people were tested for COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8.00pm yesterday, and more than 500,000 tests have been completed since the pandemic began.
Sydney Airport remains Australia’s busiest for international arrivals, and 10 flights landed in the Harbour City last month carrying passengers later confirmed to have coronavirus. It is currently only accepting Australian citizens, residents and their immediate family members. All international arrivals are currently housed in mandatory quarantine at Sydney hotels for 14 days.
A raft of coronavirus restrictions have been relaxed in NSW this month. Since Monday, regional travel has been allowed while cultural institutions like museums, art galleries and libraries have been open, with the number of visitors limited. Cafes, restaurants and pubs have been allowed to have up to 50 customers inside at a time since June 1, while gyms will be allowed to have 10 people in a class from June 13. Beauty salons also opened on Monday, and children’s community sport competitions will be permitted to restart from July 1.