NSW has recorded its fourth consecutive day without a new locally-acquired COVID-19 case, but health authorities still want an uptick in testing numbers before social restrictions are eased.
The state recorded zero new local COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday, as well as five cases in travellers in hotel quarantine.
The tally came from just over 12,200 tests – lower than would have otherwise been the case due to a minor IT delay on 6000 negative tests.
NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty continued to implore the state’s residents to get tested if they suffer even minor respiratory symptoms.
“High testing rates help reveal cases that would otherwise go undetected. Every person who gets tested is not only helping to protect others in the community, but they are also playing an important role in helping to contain the spread of COVID-19,” Dr McAnulty said in a statement.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Wednesday promised to ease COVID-19 restrictions in a week’s time, if all goes well in the meantime.
“Please know that if things continue the way they are, by this time next week there will certainly be decisions made around getting us as close as possible to pre-Avalon conditions,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Masks are likely to remain compulsory on public transport, however, to give people the confidence they need to return to work safely.
December’s Avalon outbreak caused the government to clamp down on numbers for both indoor and outdoor gatherings in Greater Sydney, the Central Coast and Wollongong, as well as weddings and funerals.
Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong residents have also had to wear masks indoors when out of the home for the past few weeks.
“This is the last weekend you’ll have to go through before there’ll be some relief,” Ms Berejiklian promised aspiring brides and grooms.