Monday update | Nine new confirmed cases in Georges River

Testing for coronavirus. Picture: Health NSW
Testing for coronavirus. Picture: Health NSW

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Georges River council area has increased by nine over a 48-hour period.

Increases in Sutherland Shire and Bayside were steady.

NSW Health figures by local government area up till 8pm on Saturday, March 28:

  • Sutherland Shire: 48 cases (an increase of four on the previous 48 hour period).
  • Georges River: 27 (increase of nine).
  • Bayside: 22 (increase of three).

The shire continues to have the seventh highest number of cases in the state, but also has one of the largest populations - more than 218,000 residents.

Waverley council area, which includes Bondi remains at the top of the list, but there was only one extra case, taking the total number to 132.

NSW's chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said there were 127 new cases in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday, March 28, taking the total to 1918.

The increase compared with 174 in the previous 24 hours, and 212 the day before that.

Dr Chant said, while pleasing, the numbers needed to be treated cautiously as "they can vary and jump around day to day based on testing numbers".

"It is the long term trend that is going to be important," she said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday the rate of the increase in coronavirus cases in Australia has almost halved in the last week.

"This time last week the rate of increase was up around 25 to 30 per cent a day," he said.

"That rate, over the last few days, has fallen to about 13 to 15 per cent.

"Now, they are still strong rates of increase, there's no doubt about that.

"But, as we take the measures we have been taking and put them in place and we have the cooperation from the Australian people, then that obviously in turn has an impact on how we are managing the spread of the virus."