New COVID-19 hotspots declared in NSW, SA delays reopening

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The Queensland Government has declared two local government areas in New South Wales as COVID-19 hotspots, following multiple new cases linked to the the Crossroads Hotel at Casula, in south-western Sydney.

Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles said Liverpool and Campbelltown in NSW would be listed as hotspots, and anyone who has been in those areas within the last 14 days will no longer be able to quarantine in Queensland and will be turned away at the border.

“This outbreak is incredibly concerning, and we are taking it very seriously,” he said.

It comes as 13 new cases were recorded in NSW overnight, 10 of which are linked with the Crossroads Hotel and live in south-western Sydney.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has urged anyone who visited the Crossroads Hotel, Casula between 3-10 July to come forward for testing and self-isolate for 14 days.

“The next two to four weeks are critical for NSW,” Berejiklian said via Twitter.

Victoria’s cases on the rise

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews fronted media this morning to thank the more than 21,000 residents that came forward for COVID-19 testing yesterday.

He said it was a “a very significant effort” given Melbourne is currently in lockdown.

Active cases climbed by 270 overnight, with Victoria’s COVID-19 cases now at 1803, as of today 14 July 2020.

SA delays border reopening

Meanwhile South Australia has delayed the reopening of its borders, with Premier Steven Marshall saying the increase in cases in NSW has created too much uncertainty.

The state had initially planned to reopen borders from 20 July.

“We know this is going to be very inconvenient…but our primary responsibility in South Australia is to the health, safety and welfare of all South Australians,” he said.

Stay up to date with the latest restrictions and COVID-19 hotspots across Australia here.

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