COVID-19 Update- Thursday, 22 April 2021

NSW recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Seven new cases were acquired overseas to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,211.

There were 10,264 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 11,943.

There were 4,185 COVID-19 vaccines administered by NSW Health in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. The total number of vaccines administered by NSW Health is now 185,620.

Investigations are continuing into how COVID-19 transmission occurred between returned travellers who entered Australia on 3 April on the same flight and subsequently stayed in adjacent rooms while in hotel quarantine at the Mercure Hotel on George Street in Sydney’s CBD.

The investigation has not identified any further cases of transmission to date.

The three returned travellers, two of whom are family members, share the same viral sequence for the B1.351 variant of concern, first identified in South Africa. They were transferred to the Special Health Accommodation and will remain there until they are no longer infectious.

Returned travellers who had been staying on the 10th floor of the Mercure during what is believed to be the infectious period, April 7–12, are being directed to get tested and self-isolate until 14 days from the day they left quarantine at the Mercure Hotel. Hotel staff who worked on the 10th floor are also being tested and self-isolating.

Investigations also continue into how transmission of COVID-19 occurred between two groups of returned travellers in hotel quarantine at Adina Apartment Hotel at Town Hall in the CBD. All contacts tested to date have returned negative results.

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. To find your nearest clinic, visit here or contact your GP.

NSW Health is treating 80 COVID-19 cases, one of whom is in intensive care and being ventilated. Most (95 per cent) are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care, including returned travellers in the Special Health Accommodation.

COVID-19 vaccination update

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered by NSW HealthDoses past 24 hours*All doses
First doses2,265125,038
Second doses1,92060,582

*notified from 8pm 20 April 2021 to 8pm 21 April 2021