A six-year-old has been diagnosed with coronavirus, making them NSW’s youngest case so far. Prior to the child’s diagnosis, the youngest case in NSW was a 12-year-old. 

The number of coronavirus cases in NSW has jumped above 300, with close to 50 cases believed to be locally transmitted.

Meanwhile, authorities across state government agencies have decamped to the Rural Fire Service NSW headquarters in order to liaise more effectively and quickly.

NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant told reporters on Thursday there were 307 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, up from 267 on Wednesday.

Of this number, almost 130 were acquired overseas, including recent returnees from virus-hit areas in Europe, the UK and the US.

Some 70 cases remain under investigation.

Dr Chant said the initial precautionary approach of hospitalising all confirmed COVID-19 cases had been abandoned as cases rise.

Advertisement
Advertisement

“It’s reassuring that many of our cases continue to be mild with currently six patients in intensive care units. Many of our patients are being managed in the community and being managed at home and we are only admitting patients now that require hospital care,” Dr Chant said.

“We are following up and we are working in a whole-of-government way to ensure that people are doing the right thing.”

AAP