Two coronavirus clusters growing in Queensland have not yet jumped the border, but they probably will, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has warned.
Ms Berejiklian says NSW should brace itself for new infections after a three-day lockdown was imposed on Greater Brisbane, and the Queensland outbreak grew by another eight cases.
NSW Health has stepped up testing in the state’s north, after a number of the confirmed cases partied in Byron Bay while unknowingly infectious.
Cases have also been identified as visiting the Gold Coast and Toowoomba.
“We hope that we do not have any cases arise in NSW but I would not be surprised if we did, so we must brace ourselves,” the premier told reporters on Tuesday.
She also urged people in NSW to cancel any Easter holidays to Queensland, warning they could get trapped there if a lockdown is imposed.
Ms Berejiklian said the state’s borders were still open but “if cases are identified in NSW, we will have to respond. I’m hoping it doesn’t come to that”.
No cases linked to the outbreak have been diagnosed in NSW.
However, it’s believed a NSW resident who was among a group that attended a hen’s party at Byron Bay on the weekend is now in Queensland and infected with the highly contagious UK variant.
A number of public health alerts have been issued for venues in the area, which is gearing up to host thousands of revellers for Bluesfest in the coming days.