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Three new cases of COVID in NSW

There have been three new cases of coronavirus diagnosed in New South Wales up to 8pm on Wednesday. Two are in hotel quarantine and a third is locally acquired with no known link.NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the local case was a man in his 50s from Sydney’s southwest who was an old case but…

There have been three new cases of coronavirus diagnosed in New South Wales up to 8pm on Wednesday.

Two are in hotel quarantine and a third is locally acquired with no known link.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the local case was a man in his 50s from Sydney’s southwest who was an old case but was added to Thursday’s numbers.

“The epidemiological and laboratory investigations indicate the infection likely occurred two months ago,” NSW Health said in a statement.

Ms Berejiklian said while we’ve had another day of no community transmission, residents “should not assume this zero number is going to continue”.

“We know the disease is lurking in the community, so I don’t want anyone to be surprised if tomorrow or the day after we get cases of community transmission.”

This marks the sixth day in a row NSW has recorded no cases of community transmission.

The new figures come after Health Minister Brad Hazzard revealed NSW residents would need to wait a little longer before reopening the Victorian border.

“I certainly would want to see a more stable situation in Victoria before we move forward,” he said.

”It’s so hard. If we move to further ease restrictions and then have to go backwards, (that is) not something that community would want.”

Ms Berejiklian echoed those comments and said it was far too early to make those assessments.

“It’s one thing to have close to zero cases when a lockdown is in place, but it’s about what happens when restrictions ease,” she said.

“We need to see a clear demonstration Victoria can manage cases.”

But both Mr Hazzard and Ms Berejiklian had a different view when it came to the Queensland border.

“There is no question in my mind that politics is playing too great a part in the decision-making on the Queensland border with NSW,” Mr Hazzard said.

The Premier told reporters: “I think the (Queensland) border there is appropriate or should be in place.”

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus.