While neighboring Victoria has almost 3,000 active cases, NSW has remained relatively virus-free in recent months. But concerns in Australia’s most populous state are growing due to several infection clusters. NSW has confirmed 38 new infections in the past 48 hours.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Monday’s additions were all from “known sources”, but cautioned that NSW was at a “critical point”.
Like the rest of Australia, NSW has already closed its borders to Victoria – which has seen a month-long outbreak in the state capital, Melbourne.
Victorian officials have warned the surge there could take weeks to subside despite a new lockdown and, for the first time in Australia, an order to wear masks.
Australia has recorded more than 11,000 cases and 123 deaths.