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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Testing numbers on the up in NSW

NSW recorded zero new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and just two cases in returned travellers currently in quarantine in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

The state also saw a boost in testing numbers, with 10,621 conducted yesterday, after testing numbers fell below 9,000 the previous day.

“High testing rates are critical to our efforts to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. This is particularly important in areas where recent cases have attended, including Auburn, Berala, and surrounding suburbs, as well as across western and south-west Sydney,” NSW Health said in a statement.

“Communities in these areas are asked to be vigilant, with anyone experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms, no matter how mild, to get tested and to isolate until a negative result is received.

“This is the best thing we can do to keep our friends and family safe from this disease.”

Meanwhile the health authority is investigating the source of infection for a case of COVID-19 confirmed in yesterday’s figures.

NSW Health is asking anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed below to get tested immediately and self-isolate until a negative result is received. If symptoms appear, please isolate and get tested again.

SuburbVenueAddressDate and time
AuburnVillage TavernCorner of Queen Street and Harrow Road, AuburnMonday, 28 – Tuesday 29 December
6pm Monday – 4am Tuesday 
AuburnVillage TavernCorner of Queen Street and Harrow Road, AuburnThursday, 7 – Friday, 8 January6pm Thursday–4am Friday
AuburnVillage TavernCorner of Queen Street and Harrow Road, AuburnWednesday, 13 – Thursday, 14 January6pm Wednesday – 4am Thursday
BeralaBerala Hotel159 Woodburn Road, BeralaWednesday, 30 December6pm – Close
AuburnAuburn Hotel43 Queen Street, AuburnTuesday, 12 January6pm – Close


If you have been to the Auburn Central shopping centre or the Auburn shops along Queen St and South Parade at any time since 1 January 2021, and have had symptoms, you should get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result. 

Testing clinics around Auburn include:

  • Auburn Community Health Centre Drive through, 8am – 8pm, seven days
  • Auburn Boorea St, Drive through, 8am – 4pm, seven days
  • Berala Walk-in (note this is moving to the Berala Community Centre, 98-104 Woodburn Rd, Berala, from 19 January) 8am – 8pm, seven days
  • Sydney University, Cumberland Campus Drive through 8am – 5pm, seven days
  • Merrylands Park Drive through 8am – 10pm, seven days

People are urged to check the NSW Government website for regularly updated details of venues of concern, and affected public transport routes, and are asked to follow the health advice provided.

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