New South Wales has recorded just four new COVID-19 cases on Monday, with 7,765 tests conducted across the state.
Three of the new cases are returned travellers in hotel quarantine while the other is a contact of a previously reported case linked to the cluster at the Concord Hospital in Western Sydney.
The dwindling numbers have enticed South Australian Premier Steven Marshall to push to open his state’s border with NSW.
‘We’re hoping that we can get the border open with NSW this week,’ Mr Marshall told ABC Radio Adelaide.
NSW recorded four new coronavirus cases on Monday. Pictured: walkers wear face masks in Circular Quay on September 13
The South Australian Government’s coronavirus transition committee will meet on Tuesday to discuss NSW residents entering the state without needing to quarantine for two weeks.
Mr Marshall said he was mostly concerned about community transmission rates, after a COVID-positive taxi driver worked for eight days while infectious in Sydney.
A major contact tracing operation is underway after the driver worked for more than a week and visited venues in Sydney and the South Coast.
Mr Marshall said the driver’s case was ‘slightly worrying’.
‘But [SA’s Chief Public Health Officer] Nicola Spurrier and the transition committee will look at that very closely,’ he said.
A coronavirus-infected taxi driver drove around Sydney for eight days spreading the virus
ISOLATE AND GET TESTED:
Campbelltown Golf Club, Glen Alpine – September 16 from 2pm-4.30pm in the TAB area
Milton Ulladulla Ex Servos Club – September 12 from 2pm-6.15pm
Carlo’s Italian Restaurante Bar & Seafood, Ulladulla – September 12 from 8pm-9.30pm
Bannisters Pavilion Rooftop Bar & Grill, Mollymook – September 13 from 12.30pm-2.15pm
Mama Wok, MacArthur Square Campbelltown – September 9 from 1.30pm-2.30pm
Anyone who attended these venues for a least one hour during the times mentioned is considered to be a close contact of the taxi driver and is being directed to get tested and isolate for 14 days.
Where the Taxi worked:
Anyone who caught a Taxi in these areas on September 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 is being urged to monitor their health.
Monitor your health:
Picnic Point Bowling Club – September 18, from 3pm-6pm
Campbelltown Golf Club course, Glen Alpine – September 16, from 9.30am-2pm
Wray St Oyster Shed, Batemans Bay – September 12 from 12:00pm-1:00pm
Anyone who attended these venues at the times mentioned is also considered a casual contact and must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop symptoms.
Source: NSW Health
If a decision is made to relax border controls, Mr Marshall said it would likely be implemented the same day for the convenience of families.
‘You see families completely dislocated — parents not being able to see their children or grandparents not being able to see grandchildren — so there’s a lot of reasons we want this to happen but we can’t do it until it’s safe to do so, but there’s certainly some very good signs this week at this stage,’ he said.
Test numbers in NSW dropped by nearly 6,000 from 13,635 in the previous 24-hour testing period, which is not uncommon for a weekend.
NSW Health would like to see levels above 20,000, particularly in South Western Sydney.
Chief Medical Officer Kerry Chant said NSW was at a critical phase in the response to the pandemic.
South Australia Premier Steven Marshall (pictured) said his border could open to NSW residents this week
‘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.’
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.
Medical staff conduct tests at the Bondi Beach coronavirus pop up testing facility on September 2