Australia

NSW records no locally acquired COVID-19 cases, two in returned travellers

NSW recorded just two new cases in the latest 24-hour reporting period, both returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

There were 7616 tests during the reporting period, a low figure for the state and on par with the 7765 in the previous 24 hours.

Health workers wait for people to arrive for testing at the St Vincent's COVID-19 screening Bondi clinic last week.

Health workers wait for people to arrive for testing at the St Vincent's COVID-19 screening Bondi clinic last week.Credit:Kate Geraghty

"We would like to see testing levels above 20,000 as achieved last week," NSW Health's Dr Jeremy McAnulty said.

There have now been more than 2.6 million tests completed in the state.

The last time NSW recorded no local coronavirus cases was on July 3, when no cases at all were recorded. Ominously, this was also the date a Victorian man visited Casula's Crossroads Hotel, sparking NSW's second wave.

NSW has 77 coronavirus patients receiving treatment. Of these, three are in ICU and one is on a ventilator.

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