Tenth day of no local virus cases for NSW

NSW has extended its streak of no COVID-19 community transmission, but health authorities are concerned by a drastic drop in testing rates.

For the tenth day in a row, NSW has recorded no new locally transmitted cases – only one case in a returned overseas traveller in hotel quarantine was diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday.

But health authorities are concerned that only 4789 people were tested on Sunday, compared with 8,305 in the previous 24 hours.

Ideally, at least 8,000 people should be tested in NSW each day, health authorities say.

NSW Health’s Dr Stephen Corbett said it was vital that anyone with even the mildest symptoms come forward for testing.

“If people don’t come forward and get tested, we can’t keep the pandemic at bay,” he said on Monday.

“This is particularly important with school holidays and increased movement of people around the state.”

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is urging public servants to return to work in the city as the government looks to revive the COVID-19 disrupted economy.

“The health and safety of the people of NSW has always been our number one priority, however we are also focused on firing up the economy,” she said.

“We are now encouraging public servants to physically return to work in their offices in a COVID-safe way, which will help stimulate city-based businesses and create more jobs across the state.”

Managers will be encouraged to use flexible rostering and workers are asked to avoid using public transport during peak periods whenever possible.

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