New South Wales records a second day of zero new coronavirus cases – as government pushes for state borders to be openedNew South Wales reported zero new coronavirus cases on MondayIt marks the second consecutive day the state has reported zero new casesThe low figures have intensified calls for internal borders to be reopened
New South Wales has reported no new coronavirus cases overnight.
The announcement marks the second consecutive day the state has reported zero new infections in both hotel quarantine and the community.
State premier Gladys Berejiklian warned the news did not necessarily mean the state was free of the virus.
‘We’re making sure that we encourage people to come forward and get tested with even the mildest of symptoms,’ she said.
The low figures has encouraged further talks about a trans-Tasman bubble possibly opening up between Australia and New Zealand before Christmas.
Though Ms Berejiklian said she would like to see the internal borders reopened first.
‘I would feel more comfortable if we didn’t have any borders within Australia, before we did that,’ she said.
New South Wales has reported no new coronavirus cases overnight (pictured, masked residents walking Sydney streets)
Ms Berejiklian said she was cautiously watching the number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria.
‘We will be interested to see how Victoria fares once these restrictions are eased,’ she said.
‘I don’t want to leave borders open a day longer than we need to, but we also don’t want to throw away all the hard work we’ve done here in NSW.’
A mystery transmission reported in New South Wales on Friday has also threatened to reset the ‘border clock’ with Queensland.
A southwest Sydney man in his 50s had tested positive to COVID-19.
State premier Gladys Berejiklian said investigations were ongoing.
‘They’re doing the genomic testing and I will allow Health to reveal what they have investigated there but we haven’t given up on finding a link to that case.’
NSW must record 28 days with no community transmissions before its border with Queensland is reopened – a feat Ms Berejiklian has previously described as a ‘pretty tall order’.
Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister has also demanded state leaders open their borders in time for Christmas.
Michael McCormack said it’s ‘not good enough’ that Australians still can’t travel within the country despite daily coronavirus cases continuing to plummet.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has also demanded state leaders open their borders in time for Christmas
Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania all still have ‘hard’ border closures in place, while Victorians must undergo hotel quarantine if they are granted an exemption to leave the state
‘We want the Premiers of those states who have still got very tight lockdowns to ease those restrictions,’ he told Sunrise on Monday.
‘People want to travel, particularly as we approach the warmer months where people want to go on holiday and they want to catch-up with their loved ones over Christmas.
‘It’s not good enough that we’ve got tight border restrictions that are preventing many people from travelling where they want to be around this great nation.’
Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania all still have ‘hard’ border closures in place, while Victorians must undergo hotel quarantine if they are granted an exemption to leave the state.
Mr McCormack said airlines had been smashed by coronavirus lockdowns and border closures.
‘Uncertainty affects the ability of airlines and airports to plan for recovery and undermines consumer confidence, which amounts to a significant cost to industry and ultimately the Australian economy,’ he said.
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