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Coronavirus restrictions could tighten across NSW in coming days as the state fights to keep the spread of coronavirus at bay.

Coronavirus restrictions could tighten across NSW in coming days as the state fights to keep the spread of coronavirus at bay.

People in NSW, particularly those living in border communities, could see tougher restrictions come into place around hotel quarantine, gathering limits and border control.

It comes after nearly 50 passengers travelling into Sydney from Melbourne on a Jetstar service were allowed to leave the aircraft and exit the airport without being health screened for coronavirus.

Jetstar passenger jet tails (Getty)

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian flagged the possibility of imposing harsher restrictions after Victoria recorded another 134 new coronavirus infections yesterday.

NSW residents living in towns near the Victorian border have been warned not to travel to other parts of the state, with the premier flagging further action may be needed to isolate those communities.

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One of the key border crossings located at Albury could be moved 100km north to the town of Wagga Wagga which essentially means places like Albury, Corowa and Finlay, all in NSW, effectively become part of Victoria.

The possible move is a result of growing concerns too many people living in border towns are crossing between the two states.

These concerns were amplified after a new case of COVID-19 was detected yesterday in Albury and one in Wodonga leading authorities to fear the virus could be brought across the border unless restrictions are tightened.

"The probability of contagion in NSW - given what's happening in Victoria - is extremely high," Ms Berejiklian told reporters yesterday.

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Police stop and question drivers at a checkpoint on July 8, 2020 in Albury, Australia.

"The probability that we need to be tougher on those border restrictions is extremely high. The government is considering what further action we take to make sure the bubble of these border communities is maintained."

NSW yesterday recorded eight new COVID-19 cases including seven in hotel quarantine and a woman in her 30s from southwest Sydney. The woman's case remains under investigation. 

A teenager on holiday in Merimbula from Victoria has also tested positive for the virus. 

Three new cases of coronavirus were also detected in Canberra furthering concerns the virus could begin circulating in NSW.

Source: 9News

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