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NSW Premier to hold crisis talks as Victoria records COVID-19 spike

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian will today hold crisis talks to discuss the state’s border policy and coronavirus restrictions after Victoria experienced a spike in cases.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian will today hold crisis talks to discuss the state's border policy and coronavirus restrictions after Victoria experienced a spike in cases.

Victoria confirmed another 19 cases yesterday, taking to 160 the number of new cases in the state over the past week.

The only other cases reported were five in NSW and one in Western Australia.

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Gladys Berejiklian has credited hotel quarantine with helping control coronavirus cases in NSW.

Currently NSW's borders are not closed and the state will lift more restrictions as of July 1.

Those include scrapping the 50-person limit at cafes, restaurants, and churches with venues instead to follow the one person per four square metre rule.

The lifted restrictions also apply to weddings, which have previously been limited to 20 guests, but dance floors and other activities that involve close physical proximity between guests won't be permitted.

"It is so important for businesses to make sure they comply with the strict guidelines that have been put in place," Premier Gladys Berejiklian said last week.

"We can't let our guard down. People need to come forward for testing with the mildest of symptoms and practise good hand hygiene and social distancing."


School holidays a concern

Melbourne families have been warned they should alter or defer travel plans during the approaching school holidays.

Victoria's school holidays start on Friday, while NSW schools follow the week after. Borders between the states have remained open.

The Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton urged families yesterday to reconsider any interstate travel if they intended to mix with others.

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He said households should alter their holiday plans if they include meeting and mixing with other families.

And the Federal Government's deputy chief medical officer Dr Nick Coatsworth who told Today this morning families from the six hotspots in the Melbourne region should not travel.

"We're recommending that people defer their school holiday travel either to or from those local government areas."

Victorian spike puts other states on high alert

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee says outbreaks have been identified in the local government areas of Hume, Casey, Brimbank, Moreland, Cardinia and Darebin.

"The AHPPC strongly discourages travel to and from those areas until control of community transmission has been confirmed," the committee said in a statement yesterday.

Dr Coatsworth said the Victorian situation was discussed at yesterday's meeting of the AHPPC.

He said that after the update from Victoria's chief health officer, Professor Brett Sutton, the panel had "every confidence" the outbreak would be brought under control.

"This is a good example of how things are going to work into the future," Dr Coatsworth said.

"(It is ) an important example because it will show how a state can get on top of outbreaks of this nature in Victoria and then move forward."

Dr Coatsworth said each state needed to manage such spikes according to their own circumstances, and while Victoria had decided to suspend some other easing of restrictions, other jurisdictions didn't need to change their plans.

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Source: 9News

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