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NSW hits nine days without new local case

NSW has recorded a ninth straight day without a local COVID-19 case and removed the final restrictions for South Australians entering the state.

The zero locally-acquired infections in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday were accompanied by three cases found in returned travellers in NSW hotel quarantine.

NSW Health on Sunday said in a statement that orders barring entry to those connected to SA’s Parafield cluster were now lifted. NSW is now open to all people in Australia and New Zealand.

However authorities say they remain concerned with falling COVID-19 test numbers, with 9133 tests conducted in the 24-hour reporting period.

They again encouraged NSW residents to seek COVID-19 testing with even the mildest of respiratory symptoms.

“With restrictions eased, borders having reopened and Christmas just two weeks away, it is important we do not drop our guard against the virus,” NSW Health’s Dr Chatu Yapa said on Sunday.

“Don’t wait until Monday to see if your runny nose or sore throat goes away.”

NSW has now marked nine consecutive days of zero locally-acquired cases since a hotel quarantine cleaner last week picked up the virus.

Prior to that diagnosis, NSW went 26 days without a local case, which prompted the opening of the Queensland and WA borders for NSW residents.

NSW Health also on Sunday again implored those in Batemans Bay and southwest Sydney to come forward for testing with even the mildest of symptoms after fragments of the coronavirus were found in sewage.

No COVID-19 patients in NSW are currently in intensive care.

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