Worker support amid Tasmania virus testing

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Tasmania is offering one-off financial payments to people forced to isolate as a result of precautionary coronavirus tests linked to a health worker overseas.

The worker tested positive in London on July 4 after returning a negative test in Tasmania prior to their departure.

There is no indication they were infectious or contracted the virus in Tasmania, but state authorities have urged people who were at more than 30 "exposure" sites to get tested.

"This has been a precautionary approach but in these situations it is necessary and responsible," Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff said on Monday.

He said the state government would provide payments of $250 for workers who have lost wages while isolating during the testing process.

Small businesses impacted by the testing directive can apply for assistance, Mr Rockliff said.

More than 1400 people have been tested since the list of venues was revealed on Saturday.

"It's my hope by later this week we'll have enough information to be confident there's not missed transmission in Tasmania," Public Health Director Mark Veitch said.

Mr Rockliff said the state government would have no hesitation in putting up a hard border with all of NSW if the mainland state's outbreak worsens.

Tasmania has banned travel from more than 30 NSW local government areas and hundreds of high-risk premises in the state.

Mr Rockliff said more locations would be added later on Monday. Tasmania remains free of coronavirus.

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