“I’m pleased to report that we had 4200 tests in the last 24 hours and only five new cases identified – that is a very pleasing result for NSW,” said NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian earlier today.

It’s the lowest number of new COVID-19 infections in a day since four were recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm on March 10.

“It demonstrates that all the restrictions we have in place are working but more importantly it allows us to express our deepest gratitude to all of our citizens for doing the right thing.”

Ms Berejiklian praised the community for “doing the right thing” and following restrictions.

“The results are positive, they are all heading in the right direction and we want them to stay this way.”

Sadly, 33 people in NSW have died from the virus.

Ms Berejiklian said that the NSW Government was looking to expand the COVID-19 testing regime.

“We have one of the highest testing rates in the world and that’s one of the reasons I believe NSW is in the position we are when it comes to fighting the COVID virus.”

Ms Berejiklian also spoke about Anzac Day at today’s press conference and released a statement about how the significant day of remembrance will be marked differently this year.

“I think more than ever, all of us will come to contemplate and appreciate what our Anzacs did in 1915 and what Anzac Day represents and what our defence communities, ex-servicemen and women, currently serving men and women – what they’ve done for our state and nation is outstanding.

“Anzac Day has renewed meaning this year. As our community works together to stop the spread of COVID-19, we draw inspiration from the brave souls we commemorate on this day.

“The legend forged more than a century ago guides us in this moment.

“It inspires us to dig in and look out for others, no matter the obstacles.

“The best way to honour our Anzacs is to echo them.

“And we will, for the Anzac spirit lives in each of us. We will remember them.”

Ms Berejiklian acknowledged that this year, unfortunately, Anzac Day wouldn’t be the same due to the coronavirus and said the state’s main Anzac Day service on Saturday would be livestreamed from Hyde Park.

“We can’t turn up to the dawn service, we can’t turn up to marches, we can’t turn up to those regular things that we do but what we can do is still honour our servicemen and women past and present.

“And of course, support the RSL in their efforts in making sure that everybody appreciates the significance of Anzac Day this year, although it will be done in different circumstances.”

COVID-19 update Wednesday 22nd April

Posted by NSW Health on Tuesday, 21 April 2020

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