SA shuts border to Sydney amid outbreak

SA shuts border to Sydney amid outbreak

Returning Queenslanders who had been in the greater Sydney area had until 1am Tuesday to re-enter the state, but they would need to self-quarantine for 14 days from the day they were in greater Sydney.

While all of the latest cases are directly linked to the Northern Beaches, NSW Health contact tracers are still scrambling to track down the source of the outbreak that has ruined Christmas plans for many Australians.

South Australia will close its border to greater Sydney after a coronavirus cluster in the NSW capital jumped to 70 cases.

"This is a tough approach and we are going one step further than other jurisdictions today by declaring this widened hotspot immediately", Ms Manison said.

As of 11.59 pm tonight, all of Greater Sydney and the Central Coast in New South Wales will be classified as a "red zone" in Victoria's "traffic light" system.

Chief Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said people from regional NSW will still be able to enter SA without going into self-quarantine as long as they haven't been in Sydney after December 10.

The rest of NSW is a "green zone". There is a "hard border" against anyone from the Northern Beaches.

There are also new restrictions for venues including a 300 person cap, a one person per four square metre rule and a ban on singing and dancing.

Like the current lockdown in the northern beaches, the new restrictions will be in place until midnight Wednesday.

Guests In Homes - From today, people have been told not to have more than 10 people in their homes, in addition to whoever lives there.

Non-Victorian residents travelling from those areas face hotel quarantine from the Sunday deadline.

"If that is not safe we will try and put you up in a hotel".

"It is important that once we have a strong focus on the Northern Beaches, it is important that we remain vigilant across NSW." she said.

The chief health officer said while there is increasing concern about the NSW outbreak, contact-tracers in that state are "absolutely gold-standard".

The coronavirus cluster on Sydney's Northern Beaches has grown to 68.

"I know we all want to see our family, we all want to visit our family, we all want to visit our friends who are in aged care facilities and people who have disabilities. but the best Christmas gift you can give them is make it a phone call", he said.

The government is also strongly urging residents of greater Sydney to wear masks, particularly when grocery shopping, in places of worship or in other indoor social settings.

Parts of Sydney headed into a lockdown on Saturday as officials said they hoped the restrictions to be enough for control of a growing outbreak before Christmas.

- Get tested if they have any flu-like symptoms and isolate until a negative result is recorded.

At the same time, the neighboring state of Victoria and the state of Tasmania tightened their border restrictions.

"The road border will be a hard border, there will be 700 members of Victorian police who will have various checkpoints, many, many checkpoints along the NSW Victorian border", he said.

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