NSW records no local COVID case for 16th day in a row

NSW has recorded no new locally acquired coronavirus cases for the 16th day in a row.

However, there were another five new cases detected in overseas travellers who are in hotel quarantine.

There was also an announcement that the source of a cluster in the Southern Highlands town of Moss Vale has been identified.


Health officials say it has now been connected with a previously reported cluster in the Sydney suburb Liverpool.

“The last unlinked COVID-19 case in NSW was a person who reported onset of illness on the 24th of October and is associated with the Hoxton Park cluster,” NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant told reporters on Monday.

The announcement means that Queensland could open back up to New South Wales as it would clear the 28 day requirement of unlinked cases.

However, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has been adamant she will make no new decisions on the border situation until the end of the month.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian pleaded with her Sunshine State counterpart to open the borders to residents from Greater Sydney.

“Some state Premiers are making up the advice as they go,”

“I just ask other Premier’s to exhibit some compassion.

“Whilst it’s easy to have this back and forth, it’s really down to people’s lives, it’s down to people’s mental health and well being and also their jobs.

“I just ask all Premier’s to consider that.”

There was also an easing of restrictions across New South Wales, with the expectation more will be eased later this week, particularly for the hospitality sector.

NSW residents will now be allowed to invite up to 500 people to outdoor religious events, and carollers will be allowed to sing outdoors in groups of up to 30 people.

Controlled outdoor events that are ticketed and held in an enclosed or fenced area will be allowed up to 3000 people.

Previously, music performances and rehearsals could only be held outdoors with a maximum of 500 people.

In another change, NSW businesses will now be forced to check-in customers electronically, meaning pen-and-paper is no longer an accepted method of registration.