A new Covid-19 case has been detected just 15km from the border with Queensland. It comes as NSW tightens restrictions. A person infected with Covid-19 spent the night just 15km from the Queensland border, it’s been revealed. In its latest public health list of venues of concern, NSW Health announced the person infected with coronavirus was at Chinderah – a truck stop on the M1 at the Ampol service station near Murwillumbah.
The person used the truck drivers’ toilets, showers, and lounge – and attended the food court between 8.30pm Tuesday, July 13, and 7.30am Wednesday, July 14.
Anyone who was at the site during those 11 hours is now considered close contact.
They must isolate for 14 days from the date they visited, regardless of their test result.
It is unknown where the confirmed case traveled from there or if they crossed the border into Queensland. Health authorities in Queensland have yet to completely shut the border to NSW as they did to Victoria on Friday. The LGAs that make up Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong, and Shellharbour have been declared hotspots.
Queensland residents returning to Queensland from a hotspot must quarantine for 14 days on entering Queensland in government-arranged accommodation at their own expense.
Chief health officer Jeannette Young and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk have repeatedly warned people in Queensland to reconsider travel to NSW.
Strict new restrictions in NSW
Health authorities in NSW announced strict new restrictions to contain the Delta outbreak in the state.
Construction sites “large and small” will be shut down until July 30, and only “critical retail,” including supermarkets and pharmacies, will remain open, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Saturday.
She said that this includes all non-urgent repairs, any form of building, renovation, construction, or maintenance, including cleaning services.
“This is our chance to quash this virus and make sure that families and businesses can bounce back as quickly as possible,” Ms. Berejiklian said. The pause on construction will come into place from Monday. However, urgent repairs can go ahead, she confirmed. Retailers that can remain open include supermarkets, medical supply shops, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks, hardware stores and nurseries, agriculture supply stores, pet supply shops, post offices, and newsagents.
Anyone who leaves home must also have a mask with them at all times, and they must be worn if working outdoors, in outdoor markets, shopping strips, and in outdoor queues waiting for products such as coffee.
Carpooling is also banned unless it’s among members of the same household, the Premier said.