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NSW COVID cases drop below 200

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NSW recorded 195 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

They included 51 from South Western Sydney Local Health District, 42 from Hunter New England LHD, 25 from Murrumbidgee LHD, 22 from Western Sydney LHD, 12 from Sydney LHD, 11 from Northern Sydney LHD, eight from South Eastern Sydney LHD, five from Far West LHD, four from Mid North Coast LHD, five from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, two from Southern NSW LHD, two from Central Coast LHD, two from Northern NSW LHD, one from the Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, and three are yet to be assigned to a health district.

One new case was acquired interstate, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 78,204.

The 24 hours also saw the death of a man in his 80s from the Blue Mountains. He had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions. 

There are currently 224 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 32 people in intensive care, 16 of whom require ventilation.

There were 57,878 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 58,915.

NSW Health's ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 in sewage samples collected from Dungog and Wardell.

Everyone in these areas is urged to monitor for the onset of symptoms, and if they appear, to immediately be tested and isolate until a negative result is received.