Asked about her own border closure, the Premier said she thinks “everyone would accept that Victoria is in a different situation”.
“They’re still in partial lockdown, and we know it’s much easier for the virus to not spread when no one is going to work or school,” she said. (All Victorian school students returned to school this week.)
She said she did not want to reopen the NSW border in stages – i.e. allowing regional Victorian residents first – due to operational difficulties at checkpoints.
“If we see, within a couple of weeks, the virus is still under control, we will have no problem taking the border down.”
Ms Berejiklian said, after COVID-19 fragments were detected at a sewage treatment plant at Glenfield in Sydney’s west, the government and health authorities remained concerned about the possibility cases were going undetected in the area.
NSW has recorded one new local coronavirus case, in a household contact of an existing case linked to the Lakemba GPs cluster.
NSW recorded about 14,500 tests during the latest 24-hour reporting period. It is a figure about double the number recorded during the previous two days, although the Premier said numbers could still be higher.
“We are entering the season where festivities and social gatherings increase and we want to make sure we get on top of this before we get into a season where people are mobile,” Ms Berejiklian said.
NSW also recorded seven new cases in hotel quarantine, bringing the total number of cases in the state since the start of the pandemic to 4209.
“She [Jeannette Young] will talk to the chief health officer in NSW. She will look at all of the data.”
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Mary Ward is a reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald.
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