Countdown on for NSW to link new community transmission cases

Queensland has put a ticking clock on NSW health officials to try and determine the sources of three new cases of community transmission.

New South Wales had gone 11 days of no new unlinked cases, on its way to the 28 day goal set by Queensland for the borders to reopen.

That clock’s now in jeopardy of being reset, throwing the November 1 border reopening date into serious doubt.


But, the goalposts have shifted slightly again, with New South Wales now given 48 hours to determine if those cases are linked to any previous outbreaks.

“If they can be linked to existing clusters then that would not be considered an unlinked case,” Qld Health Minister Steven Miles said yesterday.

“Early reporting I’ve seen is that the three cases appear to be linked to each other but they’re working to see if they can link them to an existing cluster.”

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has told 2GB radio this morning that it’s an unrealistic request.

“I just think the Queensland government is just thinking up every excuse it can as it goes along and I really don’t think that’s acceptable,” Berejiklian said.

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It comes as Queensland only reaches its own 28 day ‘community transmission free’ mark today, provided there are no new cases in the report.