NSW COVID-19 cases leap to over 3700 amid pleas for border rule changesHealth
Posted on Dec. 22, 2021, 9:50 a.m.
The government is pleading for other states to change their entry rules, as holiday travellers clog testing queues. Long wait times and long waits for results are set to continue at COVID-19 testing hubs in Sydney today. Ten members of the Sydney Swans AFL team are among those who have tested positive to the virus, after a boat party on Sydney Harbour.
People scrambling to get tested before travelling interstate are adding to the pressure on testing staff. An hour and a half before the centre at Castle Hill in the city's north-west opened at 7am, there were already cars queuing. Most states and territories require entrants from NSW to have received a negative COVID-19 test in the days before crossing the border.
But though the NSW government is calling for those requirements to be changed, it is so far refusing to back down on its resistance to re-imposing COVID-19 restrictions such as indoor mask-wearing. Premier Dominic Perrottet said yesterday the health and wellbeing of NSW residents is the state's primary concern but no additional restrictions have been announced. "We always said as we open up case numbers will increase, hospitalisations and ICU numbers will increase," he said.