NSW has recorded its 22nd consecutive day without a locally-acquired case of COVID-19 as it inches closer to the benchmark for virus elimination.
Zero local cases of coronavirus were recorded in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday from more than 10,200 tests, while four virus cases were uncovered in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
No COVID-19 patients in NSW are in intensive care.
The benchmark for local elimination of COVID-19 is 28 consecutive days without a locally-acquired case, as has been reached in Victoria.
NSW Health’s Dr Michael Douglas says the state’s residents should continue to be on alert for undetected virus transmission.
Residents should also seek to remain COVID-safe during the weekend’s heatwave.
“Everyone is encouraged to continue to come forward for testing with even the mildest of symptoms that could signal COVID-19,” Dr Douglas said in a statement on Sunday.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian, meanwhile, addressed the NSW Liberal State Council on Saturday afternoon and thanked her parliamentary colleagues for their diligence amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I hope that as (Liberal) members, you feel that in NSW we do have the right balance,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“We don’t want to have a single restriction in place a day longer than we need to … we are looking forward in the very near future to be able to ease restrictions in a whole range of areas where people are currently feeling slightly inhibited.”