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NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has ramped up pressure on her WA and Queensland counterparts to follow Tasmania’s lead in reopening borders to avoid the “devastating impact” of job losses.
The nation’s most populous state recorded just one new case of the virus in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday, and only 10 cases – one with an unknown source – have been recorded in the past seven days.
NSW residents can now freely travel to the Apple Isle after Tasmania this week opened its border to the state for the first time in more than seven months.
The change removes the need to quarantine for people travelling from NSW, which will reopen its own border to people coming from Victoria on November 23.
“It’s about people who can’t see families, businesses who are shutting down, and it’s really serious. I just want it fixed,” Ms Berejiklian told 2GB radio on Friday.
Budget airline Jetstar in a statement on Friday said it had sold about 25,000 tickets between NSW and Victoria in the first 48 hours after Berejiklian’s announcement – one-third of them for flights in the first seven days after 23 November.
While Victoria recorded it’s eighth consecutive day of no cases on Saturday, NSW is grappling with a mystery outbreak in the state’s Southern Highlands.
Four new locally acquired cases were recording in Moss Vale on Friday, prompting the closures of a school and childcare centre. NSW Health has not yet been able to identify the source of one case. The other three – and the new case announced on Saturday – are all known contacts of that case.
Another four cases were diagnosed in hotel quarantine in the 24 hours to 8pm on Friday.
Source: The Guardian
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