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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says talks with her Queensland counterpart over the border closure have ground to a halt and that the “door is bolted”.
Two of them are locally acquired and linked to known cases or clusters, including one at Concord Hospital in Sydney’s inner west, while two were travellers in quarantine.
The other infection was someone in a border community and “could be a false positive” and was “still being evaluated”.
Ms Berejiklian confirmed no conversations had proceeded between her and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who have traded public barbs in what has become a frosty relationship.
NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant confirmed there were now 21 cases in the Liverpool and Concord hospitals cluster, including eight staff.
Dr Chant said a new case attended the Eastern Suburbs Legion Club, in Sydney’s Waverley, bringing the cluster to nine.
More than 20,000 tests were completed in the reporting period, more than double the lower testing rates recorded Sunday and Monday of this week.
Ms Berejiklian said there was “no doubt” easing the border restrictions brought risk to her state.
“Anything can happen around the corner and especially now the border is easing between NSW and Victoria, it adds an element of risk,” she said.
She said her Government was considering a staggered approach to allowing Victorians across the border again, initially restricting Melburnians to entering via Sydney Airport only.
“We do want to ease the pressure where there’s little to no risk,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Stadiums will now be permitted to have crowds at 50 per cent capacity for major events, up from 25 per cent.
That means Parramatta Stadium will be able to have 15,000 people at events, the SCG will be able to welcome 23,000 people and Stadium Australia will have a maximum capacity of 40,000.
A checkerboard seating pattern will socially distance people in the stadium, Dr Chant said, and the one person per four-square-metre rule will apply.
Ms Berejiklian said people would “be expected” to wear masks while going to and from their seats.
The Premier also said plans for Sydney’s New Year’s celebrations should adhere to current coronavirus restrictions.
Under the public health order, no more than 20 people are allowed to gather outside in a public place.
“I would ask everybody to assume the current health orders will be in place, that’s the worst case scenario,” she said.
Health authorities also flagged that Five Stars Thaitanic restaurant in Casula on Saturday, September 12 from 4:20pm to 5:20pm should monitor for symptoms.
Just over 4,000 coronavirus cases have been recorded in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic.
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