With three new coronavirus infections being urgently investigated, NSW has received a big setback, snapping the state’s 12-day streak with no population transmission.
NSW requires 28 days with no transmission with population viruses until the borders are reopened by Queensland.
Once again, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged her Queensland counterpart to rethink the “unrealistic” strategy.
On Wednesday, Victoria identified another six new cases, with two of those being investigated to determine the cause of the mystery.
Another two individuals died in Victoria from the virus, raising the national toll to 897.
There are currently 16 Victorians being treated for COVID-19 at the hospital.
As the shopping centre outbreak continues to expand, Premier Dan Andrews is encouraging people to get checked for the virus.
The rolling 14-day new case average in Melbourne has decreased to 9.9, with the city requiring it to drop to five, with no more than five mystery cases over the same duration, before restrictions will further ease on October 19.
South Australia will widen its buffer zone with Victoria from midnight on Wednesday, relaxing COVID-19 limits on border communities.
On either side of the border, the zone would grow from 40 km to 70 km, allowing more people to fly to SA or return from trips to Victoria without the need for quarantine.