Breaking the curve: Authorities say there are no new cases of coronavirus in New South Wales for the first time in almost three weeks
- No new positive cases of coronavirus were registered in NSW on Saturday
- NSW Health conducted 9,452 tests in the reporting period with no new cases
- Only 11 new COVID-19 cases have been registered in NSW in the past 11 days
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New South Wales has not registered any new cases of coronavirus for the first time in almost three weeks.
NSW Health conducted 9,452 tests in the reporting period, compared to 9,962 in the past 24 hours.
Only 11 cases of COVID-19 have been registered in NSW in the past 11 days – seven from foreign travelers and four from an unknown local source.
In total, 494,000 COVID-19 tests have now been conducted in the state.
The state has registered 3,092 cases of coronavirus to date.
In the past 11 days, only 11 cases of COVID-19 have been registered in NSW
NSW Health cautions that despite no cases being registered, the virus “probably circulates among people in the community with mild symptoms.”
“As such, the risk of outbreaks and a resurgence of causes remains,” said NSW Health’s update.
People are encouraged to be tested, even with the mildest symptoms, to quickly identify any unknown cases.
As of Monday, NSW will ease restrictions on religious services, weddings and funerals, in addition to protecting pubs and restaurants.
“The virus is likely to circulate among people in the community with mild symptoms,” said Dr. Jeremy McAnulty of NSW Health on Saturday.
“The risk of outbreaks and a flare-up of cases remains real.”
Busier streets in the CBD as shoppers and workers return to Pitt Street shopping center in Sydney, Australia on May 28, 2020
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced on Friday that from June 1, up to 20 people can attend weddings, 50 at funerals and 50 at places of worship
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced on Friday that from June 1, up to 20 people can attend weddings, 50 at funerals and 50 at places of worship.
However, strict social distance guidelines would continue to apply.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 7,184
New South Wales: 3,092
Western Australia: 585
South Australia: 440
Australian Capital Territory: 107
Northern Territory: 29
TOTAL CASES: 7,184
“It is crucial that worshipers remember to follow health advice. This is especially important for people with co-morbidities over 50 years old and people over 70 years old, “Berejiklian said in a statement.
The government had been wary of adjusting restrictions on places of worship after observing COVID-19 outbreaks in churches and choirs abroad.
But state religious leaders insisted on easing attendance after the government announced last week that up to 50 people would be allowed to dine in restaurants, pubs and cafes starting June 1.
Anthony Fisher, Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, said on Friday in a statement that his church would abide by government health regulations.
The Archbishop of the Anglican Archdiocese of Sydney also said that the Anglican churches were well prepared to return to the service of 50 people.
Hand sanitizers will be provided at each entrance, churches will be thoroughly cleaned, and designated messengers will record visitors’ contact information.
‘We realize that this is not the normality that we enjoyed in 2019. We are grateful for the relief, joy, and comfort many parishioners will feel when they meet again in public Christian worship, “said Archbishop Glenn Davies in a statement.
More to come.
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