MORE than two dozen of the latest 78 NSW COVID cases were active in the community while infectious.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said there were bright spots but authorities were eager for Sydneysiders to get tested in areas including Canterbury-Bankstown, Hurstville and Kogarah.
"The good news is we're picking up extra cases, not just those who have symptoms ... but also those who aren't symptomatic," she said.
"Even if you don't have symptoms, don't assume you don't have the virus.
"We don't want to see that distress caused in families and your closest people."
Ms Berejiklian said the drop in overall cases was pleasing, but the major focus was on those contributing to community transmission.
"It's always pleasing when you see a drop in those numbers, but we still had about 27 people infectious in the community in those numbers," Ms Berejiklian said.
"That's the number we want to see come down."
Almost 63,000 tests were conducted in NSW in the 24-hour period, including a "significant increase" in the number within the Fairfield local government area.
The NSW figures add to fresh cases in both Queensland and Victoria.