Pedestrian airlifted to GC Hospital after getting hit by a van on a highway

A man’s been airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital this morning, after he was hit by a van along a highway in northern New South Wales.

Emergency services were called to the Bruxner Highway just outside of Ballina around 4.00am, following reports a pedestrian had been struck by a van.

A 23-year-old man was treated for leg and head injuries at the scene, before he was airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition.

The driver of the van, a 64-year-old man, was uninjured but still taken to hospital for mandatory testing.

Police are now investigating the circumstances around the crash, with local road closures in place.

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No new community COVID cases in NSW

For the third consecutive day there have been no new cases of community-spread COVID-19 in NSW and just one recorded of a returned traveller in hotel quarantine.

However Premier Gladys Berejikilian says one new case of locally acquired COVID-19 was identified after the official 24-hour reporting window closed at 8pm on Wednesday.

Chief Medical Officer Kerry Chant says the new case, which will be included in Friday’s numbers, is that of a man in his 50s with underlying health conditions and who lived in supported accommodation with two other people who have been tested.

The source of his infection is being investigated and he is now in ICU at Campbelltown Hospital.

Ms Berejikilian has also announced a relaxation of regulations in regard to weddings, schools and sport and says while she wants Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks to go ahead, most people will have to watch the extravaganza from home.

The concession for weddings will allow up to 20 people in bridal parties to dance.

“But I stress it is the same 20 – you cannot have a roster … not different multiples of 20,” Ms Berejiklian said on Thursday.

“This is really important because weddings and unfortunately funeral and other gatherings is where the virus is most contagious and spreads most readily.”

NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell says school sport will return to normal next term.

“The only restriction that will remain is we will not be able to have parents on school sites for school sport when school days on,” she said.

However parents will now be allowed at community sport venues if they follow COVID safe guidelines.

School choirs will also resume with up to five participants as long as they socially distance and music ensembles will be able to have unlimited numbers of students.

Parents will be allowed back on campus to help with activities like group reading, and year six formals and celebrations will be able to take place in term four as well.

“And we are anticipating we’ll be able to have school assemblies and presentation days at the end of term for all so we’ll be providing our schools over the next couple of weeks a few more details in relation to our guidelines,” Ms Mitchell said.

Meanwhile thousands of people have already booked trips to South Australia with the border reopened to NSW residents for the first time in nearly six months.

The restrictions were lifted at midnight after NSW recorded two days with zero community transmission of COVID-19.

After the announcement on Wednesday Jetstar advertised flights from Sydney to Adelaide for just $59 and Virgin said it would resume daily flights between the state capitals from October 2.

Qantas has added more flights to its Sydney-to-Adelaide route with chief executive of domestic and international travel Andrew David telling the Today show one Thursday flight had “all but sold out”, with extra flights added on the weekend.

NSW Health is treating 71 COVID-19 cases, with two patients in intensive care, none being ventilated and the overwhelming majority in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.

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NSW travellers booking flights to Adelaide

Thousands of people have already booked trips to South Australia as the border opens up to NSW residents for the first time in nearly six months.

The restrictions were lifted at midnight after NSW recorded two days with zero community transmission of COVID-19.

As people arrived at Sydney airport to head to Adelaide on Thursday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was celebrating the milestone in her very public fight against border closures.

“I shouldn’t get political but that’s another good Liberal state doing the right thing for the nation,” she told Sydney radio 2GB on Thursday.

She applauded SA Premier Steven Marshall for having the “courage and the confidence to take that necessary step” of allowing free travel between the states again.

“It’s a big call for his state,” she said.

“I heard yesterday that thousands of trips have already been booked – and I’m really pleased by that,” she said.

After the announcement on Wednesday Jetstar advertised flights from Sydney to Adelaide for just $59 and Virgin said it would resume daily flights between Sydney and Adelaide from October 2.

Ms Berejiklian did however, urge vigilance ahead of the school holidays which start this weekend as residents become more mobile than they have been since February.

She noted there is a high likelihood the virus is still circulating in NSW, especially in western and southwestern Sydney, and urged people with even the mildest symptoms to get tested.

The premier said she was hopeful the entire Queensland border will be opened up sooner rather than later after the Sunshine State said it would extend its border travel bubble 100 kilometres further into NSW.

However Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles said borders would stay shut to the rest of NSW until at least the end of the month and it remained unlikely they would reopen in October.

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Zero community cases of COVID-19 in NSW

NSW has recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, likely paving the way for state residents to travel to South Australia from midnight.

After being closed to NSW for almost six months, people travelling to SA will no longer have to go into 14 days of self-isolation, once the SA government confirms the change.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Wednesday there had been no new COVID-19 cases recorded within the NSW community in the 24-hours to 8pm on Tuesday.

There were six cases of COVID-19 recorded in returned travellers who were all confined to hotel quarantine.

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said there had been 16,759 people tested for the virus in the past 24-hours but authorities were hoping to boost those numbers to around 20,000 by the time NSW schools break up on Friday.

The last unknown source of infection was on September 7.

“So whilst we have had cases reported recently we have been able to identify the source of those.

“So very pleasing numbers but it is now time for complacency. We do continue to as the community to work with us to get those testing rates up high,” she said.

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NSW records four new COVID-19 cases

NSW has recorded four new COVID-19 cases, with three being returned travellers in hotel quarantine and one that was locally acquired.

There were 7765 tests undertaken in the 24-hour reporting period until 8pm on Sunday night, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Monday.

“Unfortunately we are seeing a dip in the number of tests,” she said.

Chief Medical Officer Kerry Chant said NSW was at a critical phase in the response to the pandemic.

“We are trying to identify any undetected chains of transmission in the community to drive it down towards no community transmission,” she said.

“That will put us in the best position ahead of the school holidays where we know people will be out and about travelling across the state.”

The good news about the locally acquired case was the person had already been isolating because they were recognised as a close contact of a case linked to the Concord Hospital cluster.

“Today’s (locally acquired) case doesn’t give me concern,” Dr Chant said.

NSW Health is urgently attempting to contact anyone who took trips with the taxi driver who tested positive on Saturday.

Anyone who entered his vehicle between September 8 and 18 should monitor for symptoms.

“We have managed to use a variety of different mechanisms to identify a large number of people that shared a ride with that taxi,” Dr Chant said.

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