New South Wales records zero new local cases as western Sydney and Northern Beaches clusters appear to be contained
- New South Wales has recorded zero new local cases of coronavirus on Thursday
- There were two cases recorded in hotel quarantine after 20,437 tests statewide
- Health Minister Brad Hazzard rejected quarantining travellers in the regions
There were two cases recorded in hotel quarantine after 20,437 tests across the state.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said all ten New South Wales residents who had been in Queensland’s Grand Chancellor Hotel where an outbreak emerged have been contacted and told to self isolate.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said all ten New South Wales residents who had been in Queensland’s Grand Chancellor Hotel where an outbreak emerged have been contacted and told to self isolate
The quarantine hotel is linked to six cases of the UK variant of Covid-19 and has been closed by the Queensland government for deep cleaning.
NSW Health on Wednesday urged anyone who had been at the hotel since December 30, as a returned traveller or worker, to immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.
On Thursday, the Queensland government said it would push for quarantine in mining camps – but Minister Hazzard rejected the idea for NSW.
He said about 3,500 staff worked in the quarantine system and lived in Sydney, and transporting travellers to regional areas was dangerous because the virus could transmit in buses.
Minister Hazzard also said he wants Covid-19 patients to be near major hospitals in case they deteriorate.
It comes as Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said it was unlikely coronavirus restrictions across Greater Sydney would be eased in the coming days.
She said authorities needed at least another three weeks to ensure the Berala and northern beaches clusters are squashed.
‘It would take at least three, maybe four weeks and so I need the community to be on track with us,’ Dr Chant told reporters on Wednesday.
‘As an epidemiologist, we like to see around two incubation periods before we assess that we are free of the disease.’
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