States react quickly to growing Sydney Covid cluster

Sydney’s latest Covid cluster in the northern beaches has sparked an immediate response from four states and territories.

Western Australia has closed it border to NSW residents, while Queensland, Tasmania and the NT have declared the northern beaches a hotspot and introduced a mandatory 14-quarantine for travellers who have recently visited the area.

The northern beaches coronavirus cluster has swelled to 17 confirmed cases, with residents in the area asked to go into lockdown for three days.

“We are very concerned there will be many more community cases in NSW,” said WA Premier Mark McGowan.

“I understand these changes will cause frustration and uncertainty for some people, and be very upsetting for many families looking to reunite and spend Christmas together.

“This has been a difficult decision to make, but we need to follow the health advice and do what is in the best interest of all Western Australians.”