Berejiklian cautious about border opening
Tasmania is preparing to welcome visitors from NSW next month, while Premier Gladys Berejiklian keeps a close eye on Victoria as Melbourne emerges from months of lockdown.
NSW's premier says she's cautious about opening the border with Victoria too quickly.
The southern state has recorded two consecutive days with no COVID-19 cases and restrictions are easing there from midnight, with shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs reopening.
"We'll take the border down as soon as we can, but we do need to wait to see what impact easing of restrictions in Melbourne and Victoria has before we decide exactly when that will be," Ms Berejiklian told reporters at Port Macquarie on Tuesday.
"That's the real test. It's easy not to spread the virus when people have limited mobility, but once you ease restrictions and people start moving around again, that's the real test."
Tasmania plans to reopen to NSW on November 6, with Premier Peter Gutwein saying the final decision is subject to public health advice.
He said NSW was on top of coronavirus and at this stage "looks very safe for their population size", having dropped border restrictions to most of mainland Australia on Monday.
Meanwhile, NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance flagged that taxis would soon have QR code stickers to log passengers.
"We're encouraging taxi passengers to scan the QR code for contactless check-in to help manage the spread of COVID-19," he tweeted.
Three million COVID-19 tests have been processed in NSW since January, with Ms Berejiklian hailing the milestone in the fight against coronavirus.
"I want to thank everyone in NSW who has come forward to be tested - three million COVID-19 tests is an incredible result," she said.
NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said it was critical people continued to get tested and practice COVID-safe behaviours when out and about and when catching up with family and friends.
"When we have high numbers of people continuing to get tested, that allows us to detect cases in the community earlier and prevent onward transmission," she said.
NSW reported two new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19, while there were 10 new cases in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
There were 6438 tests reported to 8pm on Monday night, compared with 7447 in the previous 24 hours, NSW Health said on Tuesday.
The two locally acquired cases were household contacts of previously reported cases linked to the Oran Park community cluster and have been in isolation. There are now 25 cases linked to that cluster in Sydney's southwest.
Following the detection of remnants of COVID-19 in raw sewage from Bathurst last week, NSW Health again called on anyone who attended the Bathurst 1000 motor race, and local residents with any COVID-19 symptoms, to get tested.
Authorities are also urging residents of southwest Sydney to undergo testing, after traces of the virus were found in a Glenfield sewerage treatment plant.
NSW Health said the detection in the sewage could have been a result of a current or previous infection.
© AAP 2020