NSW reaches a fortnight COVID-free

NSW has completed a full 14-day infection cycle without a locally-acquired COVID-19 case.
NSW has completed a full 14-day infection cycle without a locally-acquired COVID-19 case.

NSW has marked a fortnight without a local coronavirus case and is edging towards the 28 infection-free days demanded by Queensland before it re-opens its border.

While 10 virus cases were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm on Friday from more than 16,000 NSW tests, all were travellers in quarantine.

"While there have been no new locally acquired cases in NSW for the past 14 days, we continue to encourage people to get tested, even if they display only the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose, scratchy throat, cough or fever," NSW Health's Dr Jan Fizzell said.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard took to Twitter to thank everyone who had recently taken a test, something which he said "works to keep us all safe".

The state's total case count since the start of the pandemic stands at 4338.

In another encouraging sign, anyone infected as a result of the most recent community-based case on November should by now have tested positive.

NSW has reached the 14-day milestone as South Australian brings its outbreak under control and as the due date for a decision on Queensland's border approaches.

Queensland authorities say Sydney endure two whole infection cycles without any locally transmitted virus cases for restrictions to lift.

While Victoria on Saturday announced it had just one active virus case remaining, NSW Health is meanwhile continuing to treat 70 cases.

Australian Associated Press