NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has described Victoria’s coronavirus outbreaks as “a good wake-up call”, as 10 new infections were confirmed in her state.
- Ms Berejiklian again told people from her state not to travel to Melbourne
- A man in his 80s died from coronavirus in Victoria last night
- That was Australia’s first COVID-19 fatality in about a month
Victoria has been hit by a second-wave of infections this month overnight 20 new cases were recorded, seven of which are linked to known outbreaks in Melbourne.
An 80-year-old man in Victoria also died from the virus, and more than 20,000 tests were conducted.
Meanwhile, in NSW, 10 new cases were confirmed in the 24 hours to 8.00pm yesterday, but all of those are returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.
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Speaking this morning, Ms Berejiklian said people in NSW should “rethink” any travel to Victoria, amid mounting new cases there.
Ms Berejiklian yesterday told travellers from Victorian “hot spots” not to come to NSW and urged her state’s accommodation providers to turn visitors from Melbourne away.
“We’ve suggested to Sydneysiders to rethink any travel to Melbourne whatsoever, so we’re recommending people just don’t travel to Melbourne at this time,” Ms Berejiklian told the ABC News Breakfast this morning.
“It’s a good wake-up call to remind us about how contagious the disease is and how quickly it can get out of control.
“I’ve certainly said to NSW businesses and community organisations, don’t have anything to do with those hot spots, that’s just common sense pandemic management.”
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Despite the Premier’s plea, passengers getting off flights from Melbourne at Sydney Airport yesterday insisted they could make the journey safely.
Both individuals and business travellers were trying to squeeze in trips, concerned that the border between the two states could close.
However Ms Berejiklian said she was “not in the business of hard borders” and still had no intention of closing the border between NSW and Victoria.
There are 47 people being treated for the disease across NSW none if whom are in intensive care.
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