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No new local COVID-19 cases in NSW for 16th day in row

After NSW found the source of a mystery coronavirus case, the state has cleared a border threshold set by Queensland.

The news came as NSW recorded no new locally acquired coronavirus cases for the 16th day in a row, although five new cases in hotel quarantine were reported.

The case with the unknown source related to a cluster in the Southern Highlands town of Moss Vale. After extensive analysis, NSW Health officials say it has now been connected with a previously reported cluster in the Sydney suburb of Liverpool.

The finding means there hasn’t been a NSW coronavirus case with an unknown source since late October.

In other words, NSW has now cleared the threshold of 28 days without a case with an unknown source that the Queensland government imposed as a benchmark for a full southern border reopening.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who has previously slammed the 28-day demand as arbitrary and unscientific, was asked to comment on reaching that milestone on Monday.

“Unfortunately, some state premiers are kind of making up the advice as they go,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“I just ask other premiers to exhibit some compassion.”

Camera IconNSW has recorded no new locally acquired coronavirus cases for the 16th day in a row. Credit: News Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire/David Swift

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