SA maintains border measures for NSW, Vic

Tim Dornin
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South Australia will look for 14 days with no community transmission before lifting coronavirus restrictions with NSW, Premier Steven Marshall says.

But the premier says there are no plans to also close the state's border with Victoria, as authorities continue to battle a cluster of COVID-19 cases in Melbourne.

NSW recorded no new local infections on Monday over the designated 24-hour period for the first time in almost three weeks.

However, two new cases linked to a western Sydney bottle shop have since been registered and will be added to Tuesday's figures.

Victoria reported three new locally acquired cases while SA said four people who recently returned from overseas had tested positive for the virus.

All four were in hotel quarantine.

Mr Marshall said he had been informed that the new cases in Melbourne were linked to previous infections.

"So not nearly as worrying as a new infection bubbling up," he said.

"I have every confidence in the Victorian health team to put that net over that cluster and to bring it under control as quickly as possible."

However, the premier said the government would stick with its benchmark of no new cases for two weeks before lifting restrictions on NSW travellers.

Under the present arrangements, a hard border closure is in place with no one from that state allowed to enter SA unless they are a returning resident, relocating permanently or an essential traveller.

Returning residents or people relocating will still need to quarantine for 14 days and can only make that trip once.

A 100-kilometre buffer zone on the SA-NSW border allows cross-border residents free movement across the state line.

All border arrangements will be reviewed again when SA's transition committee meets on Tuesday.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also prompted the SA government to consider revamping the state's emergency management procedures.

The provisions under the Emergency Management Act came into force in March as the pandemic grew.

Mr Marshall said the provisions of the act worked well for events such as bushfires and floods which were resolved fairly quickly, but was not so well suited to dealing with a pandemic.