NSW Covid: Cluster with mystery source continues to grow

Nadine Carroll
·2-min read

NSW recorded one new locally-acquired case of coronavirus and four returned travellers with infections on Saturday.

The single locally acquired case is a household contact of a confirmed case in Moss Vale which is under investigation.

Authorities are still investigating how the cluster’s original source was infected and contact tracing is underway.

A woman is getting tested for COVID-19
Health authorities are scrambling to contain a mystery covid cluster in NSW's Southern Highlands. Source: AAP

Four new locally-acquired cases were recording in Moss Vale on Friday, prompting the closures of a school and childcare centre.

Another four cases were diagnosed in hotel quarantine on Friday.

Meanwhile, Victoria recorded its eighth consecutive day of no cases on Saturday.

‘I just want it fixed’

Meanwhile, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has ramped up pressure on her WA and Queensland counterparts to follow Tasmania's lead in reopening borders to avoid the "devastating impact" of job losses.

NSW residents can now freely travel to the Apple Isle after Tasmania this week opened its border to the state for the first time in more than seven months.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian at a press conference about opening borders to NSW
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has ramped up pressure on her WA and Queensland counterparts to follow Tasmania's lead in reopening borders. Source: AAP

The change removes the need to quarantine for people travelling from NSW, which will reopen its own border to people coming from Victoria on November 23.

"It's about people who can't see families, businesses who are shutting down, and it's really serious. I just want it fixed," Ms Berejiklian told 2GB radio on Friday.

Budget airline Jetstar in a statement on Friday said it had sold about 25,000 tickets between NSW and Victoria in the first 48 hours after Ms Berejiklian's announcement - one-third of them for flights in the first seven days after November 23.

with AAP

Do you have a story tip? Email: newsroomau@yahoonews.com.

You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and download the Yahoo News app from the App Store or Google Play.