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Victoria COVID cases grow; Melbourne, regional Victoria restrictions could increase; record COVID vaccination day; NSW Labor leadership fallout continues


Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the border to Victoria is staying open for now but a lockdown would “make things safer” for NSW.

“If Melburnians can’t move around, if Victorians can’t move around, then they’re not going to be able to get on a plane or in a car,” she told 2GB on Thursday morning.

“Things are in a precarious situation. We just ask everybody to exercise caution and also think about their fellow citizens.”

Premier Gladys Berejiklian at the Sydney Olympic Park mass vaccination hub on Wednesday.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian at the Sydney Olympic Park mass vaccination hub on Wednesday.Credit:Janie Barrett

She urged people heading to Sydney not to “utilise the goodwill of our state” and if they have any symptoms or feel as if they may have been exposed to COVID-19 to get tested and stay indoors.

Ms Berejiklian also questioned the Victorian QR code system and whether it has identified all of the relevant venues and cases.

“We don’t know what the Victorian government is going to do. They may go down into a lockdown, they may not,” she said.“It’s a very difficult time for Victoria and I don’t want to sound like I’m rubbing it in or anything but we have our QR system … it’s consistent.”

On Wednesday night, NSW Health issued an alert for an “event of concern” in Cohuna, Victoria, attended by a sporting club based in the town of Tooleybuc on the NSW side of the border.

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Authorities have confirmed a positive COVID-19 case was at the event on Saturday, May 22, between 12pm and 5pm at Cohuna Football and Netball Club, Cohuna Recreation Reserve, Island Road.

The person watched multiple netball games, visited the indoor canteen and used outdoor public toilets, according to the Victorian Department of Health.Contact tracers in NSW are urgently contacting people from the Tooleybuc Manangatang Football Netball Club.

“Anyone who attended is requested to immediately self-isolate and await further advice from NSW Health,” NSW Health said in a statement. “NSW Health is working to set up increased capacity for testing in the area and thanks the community for their cooperation.”

The health department has also advised against travel to Greater Melbourne and Bendigo as the list of venues attended by positive cases in the Victorian coronavirus outbreak continues to grow.



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