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Sydney spurned by neighbour states after 70 cases in a week

Exodus: Travellers line up for domestic flights from Sydney PICTURE: EPA

SYDNEY residents have been barred from neighbouring Australian states after 70 coronavirus cases in a week.

Victoria and Queensland have closed borders as of today. Meanwhile the state of South Australia imposed a 14-day quarantine for Sydney arrivals yesterday and banned travellers from affected suburbs. Tasmania has taken similar steps and Western Australia is enforcing a hard border closure.

About 250,000 people in Sydney’s northern beach suburbs, where the outbreak occurred, are in a strict lockdown until Christmas Eve.

Yesterday, New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian said in the rest of Sydney household gatherings will be capped at ten people and hospitality venues at 300. She also advised masks.

Until this week, Australia had gone more than two weeks without any cases. Overall there have been 28,100 infections and 908 deaths.