NSW reported 345 new local coronavirus cases on Friday, as Premier Dominic Perrottet flagged a possible change to arrangements for travel from Victoria after that state ended its lockdown.
About a third of the cases were located outside the Greater Sydney area, which includes the Illawarra and Central Coast. High numbers continued to be recorded in the Hunter and Murrumbidgee regions.
Of the 61 new cases reported in the Hunter New England Local Health District on Friday, 17 were in Newcastle – across 14 suburbs – and 10 were in Lake Macquarie.
Thirty of the 35 cases in the Murrumbidgee region were in Albury, which, on Thursday, experienced a spike in cases that the mayor attributed to increased testing in young people.
There is concern about possible undetected cases in other parts of the state’s south, after sewage surveillance found fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 at Leeton, Boorowa and Mulwala.
Recent positive detections have also occurred at Moree in northern NSW, Guyra and Quirindi in the New England area, and Old Bar and Harrington on the Mid North Coast, where no cases have been recorded in the past few weeks.
More than 100 cases were recorded across the south-west and western Sydney local health districts on Friday. There were also 28 new cases reported in the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, 25 in the Central Coast district, 18 in the central Sydney district and 15 in the Nepean Blue Mountains district.
Five additional COVID-19 deaths were recorded in NSW on Friday, ranging in age from a person in their 30s to a woman in her 90s. All lived in Sydney.