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NSW Premier Slams States For Locking Out Sydney Residents Due To Covid-19 Outbreak

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NSW Premier Slams States For Locking Out Sydney Residents Due To Covid-19 Outbreak

Australian states and territories have all been swift in locking out residents from Greater Sydney due to a coronavirus outbreak on the Northern Beaches.

Ninety people have tested positive from the cluster linked to Avalon and the number of new cases each day has been trending downward.

But places outside of New South Wales are holding firm with their plan to keep Greater Sydney residents out until the coast is clear.

That's caused NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to lash out at her state and territory counterparts for being so quick to react and just before Christmas.

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The state only recorded eight new cases today (December 23), which followed from eight yesterday.

Credit: Gladys Berejiklian/Twitter
Credit: Gladys Berejiklian/Twitter

Ms Berejiklian has singled out Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews for not adopting the same approach she did when case numbers were rising down south.

"We waited until Victoria had consistently 140, 120, 180 cases a day before we closed our border," she said.

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"That was a big step we took. We make sure the decisions we take consider the eight million people in the state, and not just particular groupings in one place or another.

"That's why my frustration at various stages of the pandemic with my other colleagues in other states is please consider the compassionate grounds.

"There are parts of NSW completely unaffected by this current outbreak and yet everybody in NSW is suffering because other state leaders have made decisions."

The ACT, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and South Australia are allowing people from Greater Sydney, however they have to quarantine for 14 days.

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Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland and have effectively banned anyone from Sydney from crossing the border

But, if this trend holds then the NSW Premier has no hesitation in tilting the scales a bit more in her favour.

For several days, Ms Berejiklian has lambasted her counterparts for NSW carrying the bulk of international arrivals in hotel quarantine.

She has revealed that if states and territories continue to keep Greater Sydney residents out then she will consider forcing other states to increase their load of arrivals.

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"We know the infection rates are going up overseas," she told reporters. "We don't stand here and tell you how many were Queenslanders or Victorians. I do feel NSW has done more than its fair share and I ask other states to do the same and I look forward to other states stepping up."

That was backed up by her deputy, John Barilaro, who told The Australian: "We'll have plenty of notice, we'll know who's coming in and we could organise a commercial or charter flight.

"They don't want to pay but they want to lecture us...they're not the ones carrying the heavy burden."

Featured Image Credit: Gladys Berejiklian/Twitter

Topics: Australia

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