Premier Gladys Berejiklian has declared NSW is COVID-19 hotspot free and the state is « holding the line well » after 10 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours.
Six cases were travellers in hotel quarantine and four were locally acquired and linked to a known case or cluster.
Testing rates more than doubled yesterday, with 19,566 tests undertaken compared to 8,835 the day before.
NSW Health said one of the new cases — a close contact of another case — had returned a positive result even after completing 14 days of isolation.
Three of the new cases are linked to a staff member from Concord Hospital emergency department in Sydney’s inner west.
They are: Springwood Sports Club (September 12), Lawson Oval, Lawson (September 13), Hunters Hill Bowling Club (September 8), JB Hi-Fi Penrith Plaza (September 13) and Anytime Fitness, Casula (September 11).
Ms Berejiklian said the only mystery case from yesterday’s figures has now been linked to a known case.
« Our health experts are so forensic, so even if you have an unknown case, it might be ruled out at a later date. »
She said no parts of NSW would currently come under any proposed definition of a hotspot.
« Hopefully in the last months we’ve demonstrated our ability to get on top of any outbreaks and more importantly our community’s capacity to come forward and get tested.
The criteria for Queensland to reopen its border to NSW is 28 days without community transmission but the Government is reportedly considering halving that to 14 days.
Ms Berejiklian said she was relieved the « impossible benchmark » could be dropped to a « highly unlikely benchmark ».
With restrictions easing in regional Victoria tomorrow, the Premier said the same changes would be made for NSW border residents within the next week.
« Whatever you can do in regional Victoria you’ll be able to do in border communities, » Ms Berejiklian said.
The Premier also announced she has agreed to the Prime Minister’s request to take on 500 more international arrivals per week in NSW.
However Ms Berejiklian emphasised this was conditional on all other states doubling their intake of passengers.
« So Queensland and WA would have to go from 500 people a week to 1,000. «
The Federal Government is pushing states and territories to boost their combined hotel quarantine capacity by 50 per cent, to allow more Australians stuck overseas to return home.Read more about coronavirus:Coronavirus swept through Jo’s house but he managed to dodge it. Here’s howThe countries responsible for pushing the world’s COVID-19 cases to new highs
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