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Just one new locally acquired case in NSW

There have been no cases of coronavirus detected in NSW in the past 24 hours in residents out in the community.

Six new cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours with five identified as returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.

The sixth cases is linked to a known case who attended Liverpool Hospital, bringing the total number of cases linked to the cluster to 21.

The new case has been in isolation during their infectious period.

There is a total of 85 active cases being treated by NSW Health including four currently in ICU.

Today’s figures indicate a drop in the number of cases of community transmission, with two recorded yesterday and four on Wednesday.

“While the number of locally acquired cases has been low in the last few days, the virus is still circulating in the community,” Dr Jeremy McAnulty said.

“As such, the risk of outbreaks and a resurgence of cases remains and it is vital anyone who has even mild symptoms are tested for the virus.”

New South Wales is slowly beginning to ease restrictions as a result of declining case numbers.

The state’s Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard, yesterday announced the border region between NSW and Victoria would be expanded to include some areas around Pleasant Hills, Lockhart, Benalla, Bright and Mount Beauty.

“Any person with an existing border region permit will be able to take advantage of these changes, which we hope will make day to day life a lot easier for border communities,” NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.

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Source: 9News

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