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Sunday, May 26, 2024

Premier calls for testing ramp up

Anyone who lives or works in Sydney’s West and South West and has even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms is being urged to come forward for testing, as mystery cases continue to emerge.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said COVID-19 was still circulating in the community, particularly in Sydney’s West and South West. 

“This region is key to breaking the back of this wave of transmission and high testing rates in people with symptoms is crucial to stopping community transmission,” Ms Berejiklian said. 

“NSW is on the right track with cases remaining low, however, I remain concerned that we are continuing to have cases diagnosed without a link to a known cluster.

“This is a call to anyone who lives in Sydney’s West and South West to come forward for testing with even the mildest of symptoms.

“If you run a local organisation, business, community centre, place of worship, radio station or newspaper in this area we want your help to communicate this message.”

Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant said NSW needed everyone to play their part to help clamp down on community transmission and prevent the risk of further clusters emerging.

“We are asking anyone who works, resides or has visited Sydney’s West and South-West recently to come forward for testing at even the slightest hint of symptoms,” Dr Chant said.

“A unique feature of this virus is just how mild the symptoms can be and this can present the biggest challenge when people don’t realise they may actually have the virus – I want the community to help us identify where these mystery cases are coming from.”

NSW has recorded three new cases of COVID-19 from 12,000 tests in the last 24 hours. One of the positive cases is a person in hotel quarantine and the other two are close contacts of known cases.

There are 302 locations for the public to get COVID-19 testing in NSW, with more opening every day. 90 are drive-throughs and 22 are pop-up clinics. 

Find your nearest COVID-19 testing centre in NSW.

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