“Into the next weeks, you will notice a yo-yo effect from one day to the next,” she said.
“Of course, we are certainly in a much better position today than we were some weeks ago and we want that situation to continue, but the key to that is coming forward and getting tested at making sure that people feel comfortable getting tested and staying home for 14 days when they are asked to do so.”
NSW recorded 10,375 tests in the reporting period, with Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant saying this number was normal for a Sunday.
“At this time, we ask for the community to continue to come forward for testing,” she told reporters on Tuesday morning.
The state recorded one new case of community transmission and two cases in hotel quarantine on Monday, launching a testing blitz in Sydney’s south-west, west and east in an effort to track down any undetected chains of community transmission.
In a bid to find any unknown outbreaks NSW Health has opened seven new testing clinics in the past week, a NSW Health spokeswoman said. There are 302 clinics across the state including 77 in Sydney’s south-east, west, and south-west.
The government is focused on local government areas including Fairfield, Liverpool, Canterbury-Bankstown and the eastern suburbs in Sydney City Council for increased testing.
On Monday, NSW reached a testing milestone, passing the two-million COVID-19 testing mark.
Victoria on Tuesday recorded 148 new coronavirus cases and eight additional deaths.
Queensland recorded zero new cases, however the state’s chief health officer Dr Jeanette Young said a link had been drawn between the first case of the Brisbane detention centre cluster and an earlier one sparked by two women who returned from Melbourne.
Additional genomic testing over the next 24 to 48 hours is expected to provide further information.
Mary Ward is a reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald.