NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has warned residents not to travel to South Australia unless necessary, as the state battles an alarming outbreak of COVID-19 cases.
Ms Berejiklian, who has not made any changes to border arrangements between both states in light of the outbreak, said residents should delay all non-essential travel “for a few days”.
“We are confident that South Australia has it under control,” Ms Berejiklian told media on Wednesday morning.
“We’re just saying to our community – yes, the borders are completely open, but if you can delay it for a few days unless you have to go there, please do so.
“Essential travel is still allowed on the borders are completely open.”
South Australia’s outbreak continues to grow, with the current figure sitting at 20 cases linked to the original source. NSW has reached 10 days without a single locally transmitted case of coronavirus.
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NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard echoed the Premier’s comments, saying that while they will not be making any “knee-jerk reactions”, residents should avoid South Australia for now.
“We’re not worried, we are obviously watching and being briefed on what has been going on…but no matter how hard you try, these things can happen,” he told Sunrise.
“But I think it’s a very telling reminder to all of us in NSW, particularly those living in Southwest and Western Sydney, that complacency, apathy, it’s not good. If you have any symptoms, go and get tested.
“What I would say to residents of NSW is, don’t go to Adelaide unless you really need to at the moment. It’s not wise, not good for you, not good for the community.
“I would say to people from Adelaide, please don’t come to NSW unless you really need to.
“We are not going to do any knee-jerk reactions and I think, each state and territory has its right to respond the way it wants to respond, but that’s certainly not the way NSW has responded.
“We have tried to strike a balance between living with COVID and making sure our economy is moving on.”