One new coronavirus case in NSW takes tally over last week to 18

Testing for COVID-19. Picture: NSW Health
Testing for COVID-19. Picture: NSW Health

The number of new coronavirus cases in NSW remains low, with only one person diagnosed with the disease in the last 24-hour recording period.

The new case is that of an overseas traveller in hotel quarantine.

There have been only 18 new cases in NSW in the last week.

Three cases were reported last Friday, followed by three on Saturday, one on Sunday, three on Monday, two on Tuesday, five on Wednesday and one on Thursday.

The number of people being tested continues to be high.

In the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday night, 9872 tests were carried out, with 7617 in the previous 24 hours.

There are currently 79 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health. This includes one person being treated in an intensive care unit. They require a ventilator.

A total of 2670 people in NSW have recovered from COVID-19.

NSW Health is modifying how it records testing numbers to take into account how many times a person has had an individual test, until they become positive.

Once the person has tested positive, subsequent testing to confirm whether they are clear of the virus will not be recorded in the overall count as those subsequent tests will not add to the number of infections in the community.

NSW Health is again urging anyone feeling unwell - even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat - to come forward and get tested, so cases in the community are identified as quickly as possible.