NSW growing COVID-19 clusters could lead to tougher borders

South Australia could once again close its borders to NSW with a decision pending from the state’s Transition Committee.

The committee is meeting this morning in Adelaide and will discuss Sydney’s two growing COVID-19 clusters, which is of concern to SA authorities.

Premier Steven Marshall has long praised NSW Health’s contact tracing efforts and its relationship with its SA counterparts.

On Thursday he said SA authorities were waiting for more contact tracing information from NSW Health.

“We first got advice (Wednesday) there may be a report today of some community transmission in NSW,” he said.

“We will sit down with NSW Health, understand their new infections and what precautions and responses they are making. At this stage we don’t plant to make any immediate changes to our borders in SA.

“We’ve always acted swiftly to protect the people of SA but we haven’t received any information at this stage that would make us change our border restriction arrangements with NSW. We’re always looking at it.”

NSW Health authorities revealed on Thursday an asymptomatic woman who tested positive to coronavirus in NSW hosted a “social event” at her home that led to four other people being infected.

The state recorded 12 new virus cases on Thursday, which was one more than Victoria’s 11 new infections.

A public health alert was also issued after a positive coronavirus case visited the Monopole Restaurant in Potts Point.

People who travelled on the following public transport is also considered a casual contact and must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop:

  • Train from Parramatta at 14:41 arriving Town Hall 15:31 on October 4
  • Train from Town Hall at 17:29 arriving Kings Cross 17:50 on October 4
  • Train from Artarmon at 23:18 arriving Central 23:48 on October 5
  • Bus replacement from Central at 23:48 arriving Strathfield 00:15 on October 5
  • Train from Strathfield at 00:15 arriving Parramatta 00:45 on October 5
  • Bus 550 from Epping Station, Beecroft Rd, Stand D at 17:08 to Smith St after Phillip St, Parramatta 17:41 on October 6
  • Train from Moss Vale 04:52 arriving Liverpool 07:09 on October 6
  • Train from Liverpool 16:58 arriving Moss Vale 19:12 on October 6
  • Train from Moss Vale 04:51 arriving Liverpool 07:08 on October 7
  • Train from Campbelltown 13:31 arriving Moss Vale 15:50 on October 7

NSW Health also noted that dropping testing rates were a “concern”, and urged people with even mild symptoms to get tested.

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