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NSW Premier’s dire warning as Victoria situation worsens

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has urged residents of communities along the NSW-Victoria border to stay in their communities as the coronavirus situation in Victoria worsens.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has urged residents of communities along the NSW-Victoria border to stay in their communities as the coronavirus situation in Victoria worsens.

Ms Berejiklian said she was considering setting restrictions to stop people leaving towns like Albury or Moama, to stop coronavirus spreading deeper into the state.

"I do want to send a very strong warning," she said.

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"The probability of contagion in NSW given what's happening in Victoria is extremely high.

"Do not move outside your border community unless it is absolutely necessary."

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She cited a potential coronavirus case in Wodonga, on the Victorian side of the border, which is currently being investigated.

"The so-called bubble we're creating in those border communities, will only be successful if people are compliant," Ms Berejiklian said.

Do not go into a border community if you live elsewhere in NSW, she also warned.

"So for communities like Wagga and others who have close interaction with people in Albury, I ask you not to visit those border communities from other parts of New South Wales unless you absolutely have to," she said.

She praised NSW Police and Services NSW for issuing 50,000 border permits overnight.

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A Victorian boy was on holidays in NSW when his family was told he had tested positive for coronavirus, NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant also revealed.

The teenager's family all underwent COVID-19 tests before leaving Victoria for a trip to Merimbula on the NSW South Coast.

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They had all been cleared, but Victoria Health later determined the teen's test had been erroneous, and he was positive.

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The family attended an event at the Tathra Hotel but are now in isolation in Merimbula.

"Tathra Hotel did have a safety plan," Dr Chant said.

"The risk to other patrons has been assessed as very low."

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Eighty people who were at the hotel are in the process of being contacted and are advised to get tested.

The family was from a part of Victoria which was not considered a coronavirus hotspot when they left for their holiday.

Eight people in NSW have tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, with seven in hotel quarantine.

The eighth person is a woman in her thirties, who lives in Sydney's southwest.

Her close contacts, including some staff at Liverpool Hospital, are now going into isolation.

Two possible cases in Albury are still being investigated.

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The Victorian boy who was told he was positive for coronavirus while on holidays on the South Coast is not considered a NSW case.

Mandatory quarantine on cards for Victorians

Ms Berejiklian said she is considering mandatory hotel quarantine for residents returning from Victoria.

The mandatory 14-day quarantine will come out of the person's own pocket, rather than from the taxpayer.

It is being considered if people are not following the rules of self-isolation.

She warned that people not self-isolating as required will be caught.

"If you've been asked to self-isolate, you should assume that a police officer or NSW Health worker will knock on your door," she said.

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The tier A border crossings.

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Source: 9News

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