New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, reported zero local coronavirus cases on January 4 which is the first time in almost three weeks.
This comes after Sydney battled multiple outbreaks of the virus and authorities urged thousands of people to get tested.
The daily testing numbers have dropped to around 20,000 in the last two days which is down from a peak of around 70,000 that was recorded on December 25. The majority of the tests are in Sydney.
NSW Acting Premier John Barilaro told reporters: “The numbers are far too low... if we’re going to succeed in staying ahead of the COVID pandemic, testing is crucial in large numbers so we can be confident of the data when we’re making decisions.”
New measures in Sydney came in and the authorities imposed mandatory facemasks in indoor spaces and also on public transport from January 4 or residents will face a spot fine of A$200.
Mandatory facemasks were rejected since the start of the pandemic but have been brought in following the latest outbreak in Sydney which appears to be very infectious.
NSW and Sydney have been isolated from the rest of Australia by state border closures. A 14 quarantine was also put in place for arrivals from the region.
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