COVID-19 update for NSW

As at 8pm, Saturday, 21 March, 2020, an additional 97 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed since our update of 8pm 20 March, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in NSW to 533. 

Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 533
Cases tested and excluded52,130
Total52,663

The majority of cases diagnosed in NSW were either acquired overseas or are a contact of a known case.  Forty-six cases have been locally acquired without an identified source of infection.  Investigations to establish any links between cases in order to prevent further spread are ongoing.   

Confirmed cases to date: 

By sex and age group: 

Age groupFemaleMale* Total
10-1914822
20-29484694
30-395960119
40-49405696
50-59394382
60-69364379
70-79121527
80-89279
90-100505

*A single male case without a recorded date of birth has been notified and is currently being followed up.

By likely source of infection: 

SourceNo
Overseas acquired251
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case131
Local acquired – contact  not identified  46
Under investigation105
Total533

Several new diagnoses of COVID-19 have been made in backpackers in the Bondi area.  There were two recent parties that some of the cases attended where the cases may have acquired their infections.  People who also attended these parties should be on alert for symptoms of COVID-19 and immediately isolate themselves if any symptoms develop.  They should then seek testing via a GP or COVID clinic, and tell the medical service that they had attended one of the parties:

  • Boogie Wonderland party at the Bucket List (Bondi Pavilion, Shop 1 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach on Sunday 15 March between 4pm -11pm
  • Party at Club 77 (77 William St, Darlinghurst) from Midnight Sunday 15 March to 4am Monday 16 March. 

An additional two new cases with exposure identified as a Sydney Church of Christ service on March 8 at Ryde Civic Centre attended by more than 300 people, taking the total to nine.

There has been a confirmed case in a childcare worker at Smeaton Grange Young Academics Child Care Centre. All children and staff who attended the centre between March 2 and March 16 are considered close contacts and are being contacted and told to self-isolate. The centre will close until March 30.

There are five cruise ship voyages into Sydney linked to confirmed COVID-19 cases: The Voyager of the Seas (1 case) which docked March 7; the Ovation of the Seas (2 cases) which docked March 18; a second cruise of The Voyager of the Seas (1 case) which docked March 18; The Ruby Princess (18 cases notified in NSW) which docked March 19; the Celebrity Solstice (1 case reported in New Zealand) which docked March 20. Cases are in self-isolation either at home or in hospital. All passengers and crew have been notified and advised to self-isolate for 14 days and monitor symptoms.  Investigations are continuing.

NSW Health thanks the community for their cooperation and provision of comprehensive information to NSW Health to allow effective contact tracing.  Identification and isolation of contacts is a critical measure that limits the spread of COVID-19.  Compliance with self-isolation by all contacts and returned travelers is essential.

NSW Health is urging people to practice social distancing. When social distancing actions are combined with good personal hygiene measures the spread of an epidemic through the community can be slowed. This helps protect the most vulnerable members of the community. It also reduces the impact of the epidemic on essential, life-saving health services by reducing the size of the peak of the epidemic so health services can continue to provide high quality care to all patients. Everybody must play their part.

For information on social distancing see:

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/coronavirus-faqs.aspx#5-1

NSW Health also wants to remind the public about new regulations surrounding mass gatherings that can be found by visiting

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/covid-19-events.aspx