Testing has been ramped up in a number of areas considered to be coronavirus hotspots according to NSW Health, amid growing concern of local transmissions of the disease.
Overnight the state’s COVID-19 death toll has risen to 19 as a sixth resident of Sydney’s Dorothy Henderson Lodge aged care home died from coronavirus.
Meanwhile, NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty says coronavirus case numbers in recent days have been “really hopeful” but noted it was too early to make assumptions.
NSW Health will now encourage increased testing in certain suburbs which have been identified as hotspots for local transmission.
These include Byron, Broken Hill, Lake Macquarie, Nowra, South Nowra and Port Macquarie, and the Sydney suburbs of Waverley, Woollahra, Ryde, Macquarie Park, Dee Why and Manly.
Places like Bondi Beach, Bondi Junction, Bellevue Hill, Randwick and Mosman have already been identified as hotspots.
A drive-through testing site run by St Vincent’s Hospital has been set up in Bondi after clusters developed within Sydney’s backpacker community.
Anyone living in one of the hotspots and is suffering from symptoms of coronavirus, such as a cough, shortness of breathe, sore throat or fever, is being encouraged to get tested.
This comes as the state recorded an increase of 57 COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 2,637.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian says cases acquired through community transmission remain a concern.
The latest COVID-19 figures include 595 infections locally acquired from a known case, while 397 were locally acquired from unknown contacts.