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No new cases of locally acquired COVID-19 for NSW as state looks towards easing restrictions

No new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in New South Wales as eased restrictions come into force today.

Seven new cases have been detected in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

The numbers come as NSW moves one step closer to normality. From today, the number of people allowed to gather outdoors has increased to 30.

Churches and other religious groups will be allowed to have 300 people attending a single service in NSW, but the four-square metre rule will still apply.

Gyms with fewer than 20 people will not have to have a COVID-safe marshal at all times to ease the financial burned on small business owners.

Restaurants and pubs are also allowed to accept booking of up to 30 people from today.

This is the second time NSW has recorded zero cases of community transmission in the last week, with just 12 locally acquired cases detected since last Friday.

Today’s figures come as welcome news to health authorities trying to contain an outbreak in Sydney’s west and potential virus spread in regional NSW following the Bathurst 1000 motor race last weekend.

The state recorded one new case of community transmission yesterday linked to the private clinic cluster in Lakemba.

The dwindling number of locally acquired cases is expected to increase pressure on surrounding states to open their borders to NSW.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has continued to push for unrestricted travel between NSW, Queensland and Western Australia, slamming one-sided restrictions that prevent people from NSW travelling into other states despite her state’s more relaxed border policy.

“NSW has been doing the heavy lifting when it comes to quarantine,” she said.”We’ve welcomed Australians back from all the other states, so it’s about time Queensland in particular coughed up,” she said.

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Source: 9News

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