COVID UPDATE - Wednesday December 16
NOT THE NEWS WE WANTED today: A Sydney man who drives international and domestic airline crew between the airport and quarantine hotel has tested positive to coronavirus, ending a 13-day Covid-free streak.
Contact tracing is under way and the State Government is now reviewing how those crews are transported in future. The harsh reality is that while ever we have cargo and Australian residents coming into the country, we run the risk of this happening and must remain vigilant.
Today's case is not included in the graphic below (which is current to 8pm last night), but will be included in tomorrow's official figures.
At least we're still Covid-free locally. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 131 days without a locally-acquired case.
Australia's death toll remains at 908 with 55 in NSW and 820 in Victoria.
NSW recorded another 7 cases among the returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.
NSW has just 1 active case and Victoria has 7. There are 17 active cases in QLD, 8 in WA, 4 in Tasmania and 8 in the NT. The ACT and SA have zero. Please bear in mind that all States except NSW include overseas traveller cases in their 'active case' numbers. In NSW, the traveller cases are included in the 'being treated' figure in the graphic below. Regardless, all of those cases are quarantined and contained.
Please continue to stay safe, vigilant, maintain the social distancing, and wear a mask if you have to visit places where social distancing is difficult.
Don't forget, if you have any symptoms, however minor, please self-isolate and get tested as soon as possible.