Coronavirus test numbers in NSW drop below 10,000 for second day in a row

NSW Health wants to see test numbers increase ahead of the school holidays. Picture: John Veage
NSW Health wants to see test numbers increase ahead of the school holidays. Picture: John Veage

Coronavirus test numbers in NSW have dropped below 10,000 for the second day in a row, continuing a downward trend over the last two weeks, which has health officials worried.

There were 8835 tests reported in the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday, following 9316 the previous day.

NSW Health said this was "a concern particularly in areas like South Western, Western and South Eastern Sydney".

South Eastern Sydney includes St George and Sutherland Shire, although the main focus is likely to be on the Bondi-Waverley area where there has been a cluster of cases.

NSW Health said, with the upcoming school holidays, when people travel all over the state, it was very important for people to come forward for testing with the mildest symptoms.

Seven new cases were diagnosed in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday.

They included three returned overseas travellers, one returned NSW resident from Victoria who is in hotel quarantine along with all others on the flight, two locally acquired and linked to a known case or cluster and one locally acquired with their source still under investigation

New cases reported in NSW over the previous four days:

  • Monday: Four cases - three overseas travellers, one locally acquired and linked to a known case or cluster.
  • Sunday: Nine cases - four overseas travellers, one locally acquired and under investigation, four locally acquired and linked to a known case or cluster.
  • Saturday: Six cases - one overseas traveller, five locally acquired and linked to a known case or cluster.
  • Friday: 10 cases - six overseas travellers, four locally acquired and linked to a known case or cluster.

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