NSW Health is contacting thousands of people who have returned from Brisbane in the past week in response to the city’s developing COVID-19 situation.
- NSW Health is monitoring the latest COVID-19 cases in Brisbane
- Entry declaration forms are now in place
- No COVID-19 cases were recorded in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm last night
More than 20,000 people who entered NSW on flights between March 20 and 26 are being contacted through SMS and email.
They are being urged to get tested and isolate if they have visited any venues of concern listed by Queensland Health.
Brisbane today recorded one new case of community transmission, the latest in a growing COVID-19 cluster.
The man is the brother of the 26-year-old man from the Brisbane suburb of Stafford, who tested positive to the highly infectious UK strain on Thursday.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said it appeared he was the “missing link” between the doctor who worked at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and tested positive in early March and the recent cluster.
Nine close contacts in NSW have been identified so far. They have been instructed to undergo a COVID-19 test and self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.
Entry declaration forms have been introduced in NSW to keep track of travellers who had visited the Brisbane City Council or the Moreton Bay Regional Council areas since March 11.
On the first day forms were filled out by 3,822 people, and NSW Health said they could be completed on arrival or 24 hours prior to travelling.
The monitoring of interstate travellers comes as NSW prepares to lift a number of COVID-19 restrictions from Monday 12.01am in what the Premier Gladys Berejiklian has described as “a significant step forward”.
“With no community transmission and our quarantine and frontline workers now receiving their second vaccinations, the timing is right to further ease restrictions across the state,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“As we do this, it is important we don’t let our guard down and continue to check in at venues, keep our social distance and get tested if we have even the mildest of symptoms.”
From tomorrow, dancing and singing will be allowed, and the caps on weddings and funerals will be lifted.
Stadiums and theatres will move to full capacity and the one person per two-square-metre rule will apply to other venues.
NSW recorded no new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and no new overseas acquired cases in the 24 hours to 8:00pm last night.
In this period there were 8,204 tests carried out.