NSW notches second day of no local COVID

Luke Costin
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NSW has gone a second day without recording a local coronavirus transmission but authorities still don't know how the virus made it to the Southern Highlands.

Meanwhile, the government has also clarified expectations for New Year's Eve celebrations in the CBD and how businesses are expected to clean after a positive case.

Seven cases - all in hotel quarantine - were recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday, NSW Health said on Monday.

There were 9499 tests reported in this period, compared with 13,721 tests in the previous 24 hours.

The new cases in hotel quarantine bring NSW's total to 4280.

The original source of infections in the Moss Vale region remains unknown.

Five new locally-acquired cases were recorded there on Friday and Saturday, prompting the closures of a school and a childcare centre.

NSW Health thanked those who had come forward for testing already but said it remained concerned other people in the broader Southern Highlands area may have unrecognised infection.

"NSW Health is calling on people in this area to come forward for testing if they have even the mildest COVID-19 symptoms," it said.

A walk-in clinic is operating 9am to 5pm from the Moss Vale Showground.

People near Rouse Hill in Sydney's northwest are also being urged to get tested after fragments of the virus was detected in sewage samples taken on November 5.

While the positive cases can be due to shedding the virus up to eight weeks after illness, the last known locally acquired case was reported nine weeks ago.

"There are concerns that other people living or working in the area may have the infection without knowing it," NSW Health said.

"If this is the case, we need the community's support to find any cases by getting tested."

Meanwhile, revellers trying to view the truncated fireworks display on Sydney Harbour this New Year's Eve will need a ticket to enter the city centre, the government said on Monday.

Vantage spots will be for the exclusive use of frontline workers and firefighters while businesses will be able to apply to open office space for functions.

"Unless you've been given a ticket to one of the designated areas or unless you have a booking at a restaurant or cafe, please do not expect to go to the city CBD," Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters on Monday.

"I myself spend New Year's Eve at home with my loved ones - everyone has their own way of doing it.

"We are encouraging people if they can afford it to consider spending New Year's Eve at a hospitality venue to support that industry."

Updated COVID business advice was released on Monday explaining how firms should clean after a positive case pass through their doors.

Small Business Minister Damien Tudehope said the new guidelines outlined that a specialist deep cleaning team, potentially costing tens of thousands of dollars, weren't mandatory.