Queensland has ordered anyone currently in the state who has been in the Greater Sydney region to isolate after the entire city was plunged into lockdown.
Sydney’s COVID cluster grew to 82 on Saturday prompting the New South Wales government to impose a two-week lockdown for all of Sydney as well as the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong.
Restrictions have also been put in place for all other areas of the state.
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Anyone in Queensland who has been in Sydney since June 21 will now also have to stay where they are for two weeks since they left the city.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says they need to do everything they can to stop the highly infectious Deltra strain of the virus getting into the state.
“As NSW authorities have pointed out, this variant spreads with very little contact,” the Premier said.
“Anyone who has been in these high-risk areas must isolate.
“I must also warn Queenslanders that now is not the time to go to New South Wales. I cannot stress that enough.
“We are watching the situation in New South Wales very, very closely.”
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said she is becoming increasingly concerned at the number of people who are contracting the virus after only fleeting contact.
“It takes just five seconds for the virus to transfer and what we are seeing in Sydney is that 100% of household contacts exposed without vaccination are infected,” Dr Young said.
“It is very important than anyone in those affected areas since June 21 isolate and get tested if they have any symptoms.”