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NSW 'very concerned' about Melbourne cluster but borders to remain open

ASSA | 2021-05-27 10:00:56

NSW authorities are "very concerned" about Melbourne's growing COVID-19 outbreak, Premier Gladys Berejkilian says, as contact tracers rush to contact people from a NSW sporting club who attended an event in Victoria where a confirmed case was present.
"I'm worried about the evolving situation and of course we'll watch closely to see what the Victorian Government announces this morning," she told Today.
The premier said borders will remain open "at this stage" however news of an active case at the sporting match close to the NSW border has sparked concern about the possibility of seeding between states.

Members of the club from Tooleybuc, in the western Riverina, attended a sporting event in the Victorian town of Cohuna on Saturday, May 22, from 12pm to 5pm.
The event was also attended by a now-confirmed positive case of COVID-19.
"A few NSW teams were there, so we're watching the evolving situation very closely and making sure that everybody who has been exposed at a venue follows the health advice, makes sure they get tested and they isolate until further notice," Ms Berejiklian said.

Victoria's Department of Health said the positive case watched multiple netball games, visited the canteen (inside) and used outdoor public toilets.
NSW Health says everybody who attended the Cohuna event is being asked to self-isolate immediately. Increased testing facilities are being set up.
The new event of concern came as NSW Health issued advice for residents to postpone all non-urgent travel to greater Melbourne and Bendigo after Victoria's latest outbreak rose to 15.

Melbourne COVID-19 cluster expands

The COVID-19 cluster in Melbourne's north has grown to 26, after 11 new cases were announced this morning.
Today's case numbers come after 15 new cases were detected since Monday, all linked back to a Wollert man who contracted the virus while in hotel quarantine in Adelaide.
Nine of the total infections are linked to two families, with five connected to Stratton Finance in Port Melbourne, where one of the family cases worked.

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