Will NSW’s coronavirus clusters lead to tougher border restrictions?

South Australia could once again close its borders to NSW with a decision pending from the state’s Transition Committee.

The committee is meeting this morning in Adelaide and will discuss Sydney’s two growing COVID-19 clusters, which is of concern to SA authorities.

Premier Steven Marshall has long praised NSW Health’s contact tracing efforts and its relationship with its SA counterparts.

On Thursday he said SA authorities were waiting for more contact tracing information from NSW Health.

“We first got advice (Wednesday) there may be a report today of some community transmission in NSW,” he said.

“We will sit down with NSW Health, understand their new infections and what precautions and responses they are making. At this stage we don't plan to make any immediate changes to our borders in SA.

“We’ve always acted swiftly to protect the people of SA but we haven't received any information at this stage that would make us change our border restriction arrangements with NSW. We’re always looking at it.”

Premier Steven Marshall addressing the media. Photo by NCA NewsWire / Kelly BarnesSource:News Corp Australia

NSW Health authorities revealed on Thursday an asymptomatic woman who tested positive to coronavirus in NSW hosted a “social event” at her home that led to four other people being infected.

The state recorded 12 new virus cases on Thursday, which was one more than Victoria’s 11 new infections.

A public health alert was also issued after a positive coronavirus case visited the Monopole Restaurant in Potts Point.

Exterior of Monopole Restaurant in Potts Point. Picture: Christian GillesSource:News Corp Australia

People who travelled on the following public transport is also considered a casual contact and must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop:

NSW Health also noted that dropping testing rates were a “concern”, and urged people with even mild symptoms to get tested.

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