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New South Wales in Australia has reported 14 new cases of coronavirus, all in returned travellers who are in hotel quarantine. The state’s health department said four residents of the Sydney aged care home Newmarch House tested negative on Saturday after displaying symptoms of respiratory illness.
The nursing home was previously the site of an outbreak in which 19 people died, Australia’s deadliest on-soil outbreak of the virus.
A passenger tested after showing symptoms on arrival in Sydney by train from regional NSW on Saturday morning also returned a negative result.
A total of 18,144 tests were reported on in the 24 hours to 8pm Saturday. NSW has added the two additional postcodes Victoria locked down at midnight to its list of hotspots subject to travel and self-isolation restrictions
Here is some analysis from Reuters, which has looked at the recent increases in case numbers across the US, as well as the upward trend in the percentage of diagnostic tests that come back positive. The latter is a key indicator of community spread that experts refer to as the positivity rate.
During the first four days of July alone, a total of 14 US states have posted daily record increases in the number of individuals testing positive for Covid-19.
And in a further sign the virus is spreading, at least 18 states, including the three most highly populated – California, Texas and Florida – have posted ominous rates of infection as a percentage of diagnostic tests over the past two weeks.