WA may close NSW border, warns Mark McGowan as Bondi COVID-19 cluster grows

Charlotte EltonThe West Australian
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The WA border to NSW could be slammed shut if the State’s outbreak worsens, Premier Mark McGowan has warned – but the restrictions on travellers from Victoria may soon ease.

NSW recorded 10 new locally acquired cases overnight, bringing the Bondi cluster up to 21 cases. All but two of the new cases were already isolating when they tested positive.

Meanwhile, Victoria notched up another zero-case day, the fourth consecutive day the State has recorded one or fewer new locally acquired cases.

Premier Mark McGowan said that the WA Government would keep a close eye on the situation in the Eastern States.

“We’re currently monitoring what’s going on in New South Wales,” he said.

“Our approach has been pretty strong, but there’s two unaccounted-for cases at this point in time, out of the entirety of New South Wales population eight million people.

“So we’ll monitor that over the coming days to see if we need to tighten up further.”

At present, travellers arriving into WA from NSW are required to immediately self-isolate until they return a negative result for coronavirus.

Anyone in WA who has been to the NSW exposure sites must be immediately tested and self-quarantine for 14 days from the exposure date, regardless of their result.

The Premier stopped short of calling for NSW to lockdown – but pointedly urged them to take the issue “very seriously”.

Sydney’s outbreak has grown to 21, with a child not linked to the Bondi cluster also diagnosed.
Camera IconSydney’s outbreak has grown to 21, with a child not linked to the Bondi cluster also diagnosed. Credit: NCA NewsWire/Flavio Brancaleone

“We have different approaches, we’re more cautious than New South Wales, we’ve had better health outcomes, better economic outcomes as a consequence,” he said.

“I just urge New South Wales to look at what’s done here, to make sure they don’t have a major outbreak,

Victoria is currently listed as a “low-risk” State. Travellers to WA must self-quarantine for 14 days, and present for a COVID-19 test on day 11.

However, the Premier hinted that restrictions could ease soon.

“As long as they continue on the current trajectory. We look forward to opening up the border completely (with Victoria) in a week or so time,” he said.

“So we just make sure that they’re completely clear and then we can make a further decision.”

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