The greatest COVID-19 threat to NSW comes from an increasingly complacent community within its own borders, Premier Gladys Berejiklian warns, as she resists calls to close the border to Victoria’s worsening coronavirus resurgence.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard also rejects border closures, but wants the Victorian government to lock down its virus hotspot suburbs.
NSW recorded just five new cases, all returned travellers in hotel quarantine, in the last 24-hour reporting period, but health authorities maintain the virus is spreading by stealth in the community.
Victoria faces a more brazen coronavirus manifestation, recording 64 new cases in the latest 24-hour reporting period. Fourteen schools and four childcare centres have been closed temporarily due to positive cases over the course of the upsurge in cases, and 19 residential aged care centres are in lockdown for two weeks as a precaution.