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‘We are definitely at a crossroads in NSW’: State records five new cases – Sydney Morning Herald

NSW has reported five new coronavirus cases in the 24 hours to 8pm Saturday, bringing the total to 3289 after one previously reported case was excluded.



Dr Chant said even people who have had a negative test should not consider themselves to be “out of the woods” and must continue to isolate for the full 14 days.
While the hotel had a COVID safe plan, Dr Chant said investigations are underway as to whether it complied with social distancing regulations on July 3.
She said the cluster at the hotel is a reminder to all businesses that “even when you have a plan it really is important to have vigilance in terms of the implementation of the plan”.
Ms Berejiklian said the state is “literally at a crossroads” in its fight against the pandemic and that the next 2-3 weeks are “absolutely critical”.
“Do not be surprised if the government takes decisions to further reduce the risk, in the next month in particular, of community transmission getting to a stage where its out of control,” Ms Berejiklian said.
If people don’t do the right thing, she said, “we will all go down the path of Victoria and that’s not something I want to happen here in NSW”.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday morning said the state has reported 273 new cases, and one death. There are 57 Victorians in hospital, 16 of those intensive care. There are now 1484 active cases in Victoria.
In addition to the Crossroads Hotel staff member, NSW has reported five new coronavirus cases in the 24 hours to 8pm Saturday, bringing the total to 3289 after one previously reported case was excluded.
Of them, two are returned travellers and three are close contacts associated with a Crossroads case from the Blue Mountains who are self-isolating.
Ms Berejiklian defended the state’s move to charge returning Australians $3000 for their two-week stay in hotel quarantine, saying residents have had three to four months to consider their options.
NSW is processing six or seven times more returning travellers than other states, she said. The funds will be put towards contact tracing.
Ms Berejiklian said she had heard anecdotal reports of people leaving Australia and returning multiple times.
“This is a way in which we can make sure that people think carefully about what their options are in the future,” she said. It “might be regarded as tough but we need to put the health and safety of our residents in NSW first”.
At the border with Victoria, more than 270 cars have been turned around at checkpoints since NSW shut its doors to Victorians on Wednesday. But so far, only one person has been charged after an alleged attempt to cross without a permit and no fines have been issued.
Despite the police presence at 54 checkpoints, NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said there have been a number of additional arrests made in relation to other offences at the border including drink driving, and possession of weapons and drugs.
Jenny Noyes is a journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald.
Anna Patty is a Senior Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald with a focus on higher education. She is a former Workplace Editor, Education Editor, State Political Reporter and Health Reporter.

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