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NSW holding tight with no community transmission of COVID-19


As Victoria continues its healthy run, NSW has gone a second consecutive day with no locally acquired infections.

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While seven new cases of COVID-19 were reported in returned travellers in hotel quarantine, the continued lack of community transmission in NSW was a promising development.

The Queensland government is monitoring locally-acquired transmissions in NSW to help determine if, or when, it might be possible to ease border restrictions. Greater Sydney and Victoria remain off-limits, and Queensland has previously spoken of the need for “hotspots” to go 28 days without community transmission. Effective contact-tracing arrangements may reduce that threshold, giving separated families some hope for Christmas.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the state’s numbers were “not a bad effort for a weekend”.

“But obviously especially in south western Sydney and north western Sydney, keep abreast of the health alerts,” Berejiklian said.

“It’s really, really important for us at this time, given the time of year we are entering and given the borders are coming down between NSW and Victoria in just a couple of weeks.”

Victoria, Australia’s worst-hit state, has recorded no new cases of coronavirus and no deaths for the tenth day in a row. The healthy run is being attributed to the success of the state’s lockdown and improved administrative arrangements.

Queensland again recorded no new COVID-19 cases overnight, with the number of active cases remaining at eight and all in hotel quarantine.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk did not address the media today but on Friday reiterated it was her intention to review the border situation at the end of November, and take advice from Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young.

Berejiklian had been pushing for the restrictions to be lifted, however Palaszczuk said she would do what was best for Queensland and also monitor the impact of NSW opening its border to Victoria. Today, Berejiklian foreshadowed restrictions for New Year’s Eve around Sydney Harbour to enforce social distancing.

Queensland’s border permit application and processing system is being upgraded today to make it easier for motorists to use and help police at the checkpoints, however people are still being urged to plan ahead.

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