WA tightens border rules for NSW travellers as Bondi COVID cluster grows

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All travellers arriving in Western Australia from New South Wales will have to get tested for COVID-19 and quarantine until they return a negative result under new border rules triggered by a growing cluster in Sydney’s east.

Previously, arrivals from the eastern state were only required to quarantine if they had been to one of the exposure sites visited by a known coronavirus case.

WA Premier Mark McGowan. Credit:Hamish Hastie

Under the updated rules effective immediately, arrivals who haven’t been to the locations will have to self-isolate until they return a negative test while those who visited them will have to complete their 14-day quarantine.

The changes come after NSW reported five new cases linked to a transport worker in his 60s who tested positive for the virus on Tuesday. The man’s role involved driving international air crew.

About 26,600 people were tested for the virus in NSW on Saturday and more than 1000 placed in isolation as authorities worked to contain the case cluster in Bondi.

WA Premier Mark McGowan said the situation was fast evolving and there were concerns the outbreak could involve the highly contagious Delta strain of the virus.

“These additional testing controls may cause some disruptions for some people, but the health
of West Australians is my priority,” he said.

“It’s critical that anyone who is unwell or is experiencing symptoms must get a COVID test immediately. I want to thank West Australians and affected travellers for their understanding.”

Health Minister Roger Cook said the outbreak in NSW was a timely reminder for West Australians to continue using the SafeWA app and to stay at home and get a test if they felt unwell.

A COVID testing clinic for domestic arrivals will be live at Perth Airport from Sunday for all NSW arrivals.

Travellers will also be given the option to get tested at other public and private clinics within 48 hours of landing.

Anyone who has arrived from NSW since June 11 should monitor their symptoms and
get tested for COVID-19 if unwell.

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