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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

NSW Health pleads for boost in testing

NSW has reported one new case of locally transmitted COVID‑19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Five cases in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine were also diagnosed, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 4,094.

NSW Health said the locally acquired case was a household contact of a case reported yesterday. These cases are linked to another two previously reported cases, the source of which remains under investigation.

There were 7,391 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with 12,823 in the previous 24 hours.

“Testing numbers have dropped recently, which is a concern as it limits our ability to find people with COVID-19 early and contain further spread,” it said.

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

“This is important throughout the state, and particularly the Western and South Western Sydney areas.”

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