States rush to extend border closures with New South Wales after huge increase of Covid cases in Sydney as a mystery cluster emerges
- NSW recorded 18 cases of community coronavirus transmission on Wednesday
- A mystery cluster has emerged amid an extended family in Sydney’s inner-west
- VIC and the ACT confirmed border restrictions with NSW would be extended
New South Wales reported 18 new local cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, including a new cluster in Croydon in Sydney’s inner-west.
Both the ACT and Victoria confirmed their border restrictions with New South Wales would be extended after the latest announcement.
Victoria and the ACT are expected to extend their border restrictions with NSW after a new mystery cluster emerged on Wednesday (sign pictured at the NSW-Victoria border)
New South Wales recorded 18 new local cases of coronavirus, with cases spreading to Sydney’s inner-west and Wollongong (Covid testing pictured above in Wollongong)
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr confirmed restrictions and quarantine requirements would be prolonged.
‘The continuance of new cases in New South Wales and particularly now spreading into the Greater Sydney and Wollongong region serves as a timely reminder that we need to maintain our vigilance in response to Covid-19,’ Mr Barr explained.
‘The chief health officer has determined to continue our current travel restrictions, our quarantine requirements and our key messaging.
‘Residents from the ACT should not be travelling to Wollongong, Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Nepean or the Central Coast.’
He said the regions ‘remain Covid hotspots’ and the ‘news from New South Wales confirms that absolutely’.
‘In terms of people from those areas travelling to the ACT, that, again, should not be happening,’ Mr Barr said.
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr (pictured above) said the ACT’s border restrictions and quarantine requirements with NSW would be prolonged after the surge in cases
Victorian Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Lisa Neville (pictured above), also claimed Victoria was ‘a long way’ from opening the border with New South Wales
‘ACT residents who have been in those areas who need to return home will need to go into self-isolation home quarantine for a period of 14 days.
‘We are asking ACT residents to contact us if they are returning from those areas so we can be aware of their return and monitor their quarantine arrangements.’
He explained the ACT had ‘around 1,500 people in quarantine’ and ‘literally thousands of people’ had been pulled over by police coming back into the territory.
‘We will continue this level of monitoring, advice and activity. What we want to ensure is a risk-based approach and to keep the ACT open,’ Mr Barr said.
The Victorian Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Lisa Neville, also claimed Victoria was ‘a long way’ from opening the border with NSW.
NSW residents are banned from entering WA, and people from hotspot areas must quarantine in the NT, Tasmania and South Australia.
Nine of the new Sydney cases were linked to the Avalon cluster, while three adults and three children from the same extended family made up the mystery cluster.
Two further mystery cases were members of the same household from the Wollongong area and another unlinked case was from northern Sydney.
Due to the concerning increase in mystery cases, Premier Gladys Berejiklian limited the number of household visitors allowed in Greater Sydney to five, down from 10.
Outdoor gatherings have also been reduced to 30, down from 50.
New alerts for venues visited by positive cases
Anyone who has visited must get tested and isolate until negative:
Buckley’s: Opera House Promenade, Thursday 17 December 7.30pm-9pm (indoor diners and staff only)
Open Air Cinema screening of Prom: Lady Macquarie’s Chair, Thursday 17 December
Figtree Grove Shopping Centre: 19 Princes Hwy, Monday 21 December 12.30pm-1.30pm; Wednesday 23 December 8.45am-9am; Thursday 24 December 6.45am-9.30am
Wollongong Central 200 Crown St: Wednesday 23 December 3.30pm-4pm
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