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Saturday, April 13, 2024

NSW Health call for more testing

Six new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 4,023.

NSW Health says all six cases are returned overseas travellers who are currently hotel quarantine

“This marks the second day in a row with no community transmission of COVID-19,” NSW Health said.

“The last time NSW had consecutive days without community transmission was July 3, 4, and 5,” it said.

“While there were no locally acquired cases recorded in the past 48 hours, the virus is likely still circulating and it is imperative anyone displaying mild symptoms get tested immediately and not delay their test.”

NSW Health is appealing to the community to come forward for testing if you have a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, fever or other symptoms that could be COVID-19. 

There were 16,759 tests reported in the last 24-hour reporting period, compared with 7,616 in the previous 24 hours. 

“Testing numbers were higher today, but they have declined in recent weeks,” NSW Health said.

“If people don’t come forward and get tested, we can’t keep the pandemic at bay. 

“We would like to see testing levels above 20,000 as achieved last week, particularly in South Western Sydney, and ahead of school holidays. For the sake of your friends and family, get a test. And if symptoms recur even a few days later, test again. It’s free.”

Locations linked to known cases, advice on testing and isolation, and areas identified for increased testing can be found here: NSW Government – Latest news and updates.

NSW Health is currently treating 74 COVID-19 cases, including three in intensive care, one of whom is being ventilated.

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