Zero local COVID-19 cases in NSW and Australia Day ceremonies approved

Australia Day celebrations in NSW cleared, no new local COVID-19 cases

NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard has declared councils in the state will be allowed to host Australia Day ceremonies and celebrations after no new locally acquired COVID-19 cases were recorded yesterday.

NSW saw 20,437 tests in the past 24 hours with no new local cases and two overseas acquired cases in hotel quarantine.

Given the result and the looming celebrations of Australia Day on January 26, Minister Hazzard said NSW Health was prepared to go ahead with Australia Day ceremonies.

"If councils wish to have Australia Day ceremonies of up to 500 people, they can do so without any major concerns," the Minster said.

"If they wish to have more in structured environments, they can have up to a couple of thousand."

Minister Hazzard said NSW Health would have guidelines available online for local councils within the next 72 hours.

The Minister also called for the people of NSW to continue to come forward for testing, hoping to maintain rates higher than the 20,000 recorded on Wednesday.

"We are again pleading for more testing," he said.

"It is on the positive that we have zero cases and that is entirely dependent on people coming forward to be tested. That's the weapon we have."

Minister Hazzard also referred to the alert issued by NSW Health alert for any NSW travellers who had been at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane.

He confirmed NSW Health had contacted the 10 people from NSW who had stayed at the Grand Chancellor in Brisbane and all were in self isolation and being tested.

The Minister also confirmed sewage testing in Ulladulla, which had tested positive to COVID-19 last week, was now testing negative.

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