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NSW COVID-19 cases drop again but trend may be short-lived

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The number of COVID-19 cases in New South Wales has dropped for the second day running, but the new data may not tell the full story.

The number of COVID-19 cases in New South Wales has dropped for the second day running, but the new data may not tell the full story.

NSW reported 127 new COVID-19 cases overnight, taking the state's total to 1918 with eight dead.

The latest figure of 127 comes after 174 new cases were announced yesterday, and 212 on Saturday.

NSW Health have cautioned the public not to get too excited over the recent drop in COVID-19 cases in the state.

Chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said she was "pleased" at the trend but urged it was early days.

"We need to be cautious and it is the long term trend in that data that is going to be important," Dr Chant said.

"Whilst it is pleasing we have seen a stabilisation in case numbers, it is important to know that they can vary and jump around day-to-day, based on testing numbers."

Twenty-six people are currently seriously ill in ICU, with 13 on ventilators.

As new forced quarantine restrictions were rolled out, 1400 people were transported to Sydney hotels yesterday to begin 14-days of controlled isolation.

Forty of those passengers whisked away from Sydney airport on buses have been placed in "deeper isolation" because of fears they have COVID-19.

No-one is critically ill, Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said.

Around 1200 Australians are expected to arrive at the airport today and will be shuttled to hotels.

Young people the 'worst offenders' in NSW

Premier Gladys Berejikilian said people in their twenties and thirties were the "worst offenders" for breaking isolation rules.

"You are not immune from this and even if you are, you risk spreading it to people you love or spreading it to people in the community who are vulnerable and will lose their life because of this," Ms Berejikilian said.

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"We are seeing an increase in the statistics in that age group. Also, the worst offenders in terms of not sticking to the rules are those people in those age groups."

Coronavirus: NSW Premier gives COVID-19 update

The worst days for new coronavirus cases in NSW occurred last week, with 212 cases reported on Friday and 211 on Wednesday.

Dr Chant said 1185 of the state's 1918 cases have come from people arriving from overseas.

There have been 228 cases of community transmission, where a person has no known contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

A number of cluster outbreaks are under investigation in NSW.

The state's three worst outbreaks are a Stanwell Tops wedding, 34 cases, a party in a Bondi bar, 30, a Bondi restaurant, 14, and the Dorothy Henderson Lodge in Ryde, 14.

A 91-year-old woman who died on Saturday was the fourth fatality in the Dorothy Henderson Lodge aged-care facility, in Sydney's north-west.

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Source: 9News

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