Eight new cases were reported in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine in the 24 hours to 8pm last night and there were 8,773 tests conducted in the state.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian previously urged more people to get tested after six new cases were discovered in the state on Sunday.
She urged more testing especially in areas where there have been recent cases such as western Sydney, south-west Sydney, the Northern Beaches and Wollongong.
Zero new locally acquired Covid cases were reported in NSW on Monday while eight were found in hotel quarantine (pictured: Nail Technician Lily Nguyen is seen wearing a mask and face shield at the Depot Nail Bar in Sydney)
A renewed testing push was sparked after six new cases were recorded in the state on Sunday (pictured is a woman in Sydney’s Circular Quay on Thursday)
The six cases have been linked to the Berala bottle shop cluster and contact tracing in underway.
As of Monday there are 97 active Covid cases in the state being treated by NSW Health.
Dr Jeremy McAnulty from NSW Health said testing numbers had dropped from 12,764 tests reported on Saturday to 8,773 on Sunday which was of concern.
‘NSW Health renews calls for people to get tested if they are experiencing even the mildest of symptoms,’ he said on Monday.
Alerts were also issued on Sunday about a Centrelink, a hospital and medical centre in western Sydney attended by infected cases last week, along with several train routes.
More than 12,700 tests were conducted in the 24 hours up until 8pm on Saturday.
Western Sydney train alerts
Warwick Farm to Auburn: January 14, 2:20 – 2:56pm
Auburn to Warwick Farm: January 14, 8:27 – 8:58pm
Auburn to Warwick Farm, January 15, 1:44 – 2:16pm
Warwick Farm to Auburn, January 15, 10:40 – 11:12am
Warwick Farm to Auburn, January 15, 4:28 – 4:58pm
‘It’s really important to note that through households, it’s really easy to spread the virus, as we have seen, so in one household, we had six people get the virus,’ Ms Berejiklian said on Sunday.
‘What is really important is to make sure that given we are towards the tail end of this particular outbreak, there haven’t been other super-seeding events, we want to keep it that way.’
NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant added: ‘ It is critical that we get those testing rates up very high so that we can detect these unrecognised chains of transmission.
‘The areas I’m particularly calling out for testing are in Bankstown, Lidcombe, Auburn, Berala and Wentworthville.
‘So my plea applies to everyone across the state but particularly in those local government areas as we’re trying to mop up any last chains of transmission.
New public health alerts have also been issued for a western Sydney venue and additional public transport routes.
Concord Repatriation General Hospital is on high alert after an infected employee worked in the cardiology and radiology wards ‘while potentially infectious’ on January 12, 13 and 14.
Dr Chant stressed that the employee’s role involves minimal patient contact and they wore a face mask during their shifts.
Anyone who attended Centrelink at Auburn on January 14 in the afternoon should get tested immediately and self-isolate until a negative result occurs.
Those who travelled on train services between Warwick Farm and Auburn on January 14 and 15 have also been given the same health directions.
It comes after days without a locally transmitted infection.
All people who were in the dental, physio and imaging waiting room of the Wentworthville Medical and Dental Clinic between 11.30am and 1.15pm on Friday are now considered close contacts.
‘(They) must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of the result,’ NSW Health said on Saturday afternoon.
‘Anyone who was in other areas of the clinic at that time should monitor for symptoms and immediately isolate and get tested if they appear.’
Anyone who visited Centrelink in Auburn (pictured) on January 14 between 3 and 4:15pm has been urged to monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they appear
Anyone was in the dental, physio and imaging waiting room at Wentworthville Medical and Dental Clinic (pictured) between 11.30am and 1.15pm on Friday has been ordered to isolate for 14 days, regardless of the test result
NSW is currently treating 100 cases, including one in intensive care.
Most other cases are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.
NSW has flagged the possibility of loosening restrictions on Greater Sydney next week but one of the conditions is high testing rates.
It comes as Victoria recorded no community transmissions for an 11th day in the row on Sunday.
The seven new cases recorded in Victoria were all returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
Victoria is watching Sydney closely, as it considers moving parts of the city from ‘red’ to ‘orange’ in its traffic-light permit system.
A public health warning has also gone out for the Auburn to Warwick Farm train between 8:27 to 8:58, and 1:44 to 2:16pm on January 14 and 15 respectively
Travellers from orange zones still need to self-quarantine for 14 days but don’t need to apply for an exemption to enter Victoria.
‘There are clearly some local government areas within Greater Sydney that have now gone a number of days of cases without transmission,’ the state’s chief health Officer Brett Sutton said.
‘I will look very intensively at the epidemiology across Greater Sydney over the next couple of days.’
NSW remains on high alert after six locally acquired cases on Sunday. Pictured are office workers on their lunch break in Sydney’s CBD this week