Covid update - Wednesday
19th August 2020
?? We've almost hit the two-week mark - no new cases in the Hunter-New England region for 13 consecutive days.
?? Statewide, seven new cases have been recorded.
?? Of those seven, two are returned travellers in hotel quarantine. Five are locally acquired in Sydney, including one who's a close contact of a previously reported case (was already in isolation). Another is a person from south-western Sydney plus a family member, and another is a person from western Sydney who also subsequently infected a family member.
?? There were 216 new cases recorded in Victoria over the past 24 hours which shows that things are continuing to improve there under the lockdown. Sadly, Victoria also recorded 12 more deaths.
?? Australia's death toll now stands at 450, including 54 in NSW and 363 in Victoria.
?? Active cases are continuing to fall, though. There are now 902 active cases in NSW and 7462 in Victoria. Of note, of the active cases in Victoria, 2050 are in aged care centres so unfortunately we can expect the death toll to rise in the coming weeks.
?? I mentioned yesterday that our biggest ongoing concern is the number of cases in NSW and Victoria which have been acquired from an unknown source. The number of those cases in NSW is 16 but in Victoria it's 3751. That means many more cases could be circulating in communities undetected. So the advice remains:
?? Please continue to stay safe, vigilant, maintain the social distancing, and wear a mask if you have to visit places where social distancing is difficult.
?? If you notice any symptoms, please self-isolate and get tested as soon as possible.