WA border decision for NSW coming next week but Victorians unlikely to be affected by outcome

wa border decision for nsw coming next week but victorians unlikely to be affected by outcome

A decision on whether WA will allow quarantine-free travel to people in NSW will not be made until next week, but Victorians can breathe a sigh of relief.

Christmas travel plans were thrown into chaos this week after a NSW hotel quarantine worker tested positive for COVID-19, but it so far appears to be a single case rather than a more widespread outbreak.

“It is positive news,” Mr McGowan told reporters on Friday.

“Obviously, there’s testing still to be done. The woman in question — the cleaner — spent a lot of time on trains and trams between western Sydney and her workplace, and by all accounts was a very gregarious person.

“My expectation now is that we will make a final decision on NSW on Monday so that we take every precaution possible.”

But Mr McGowan said he did not think the NSW incident would affect planned changes to WA’s border arrangement with Victoria.

“The latest advice is we don’t think that the NSW outbreak will impede the changes to the borders with Victoria at this point in time,” he said.

“If that were to change over coming days, obviously we’d let people know.”

Camera IconWhatever the border decision is for NSW travellers, it appears Victorians will not be affected. Credit: News Corp Australia, Daniel Wilkins

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