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12.32am GMT

NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian also criticised her Queensland counterpart Annastacia Palaszczuk again about restrictions shutting out residents of greater Sydney.

Asked if she was expecting to hear from Palaszczuk about reopening the border, Berejiklian said:

Some state premiers are making up advice as they go and there is nowhere that I have read where anyone apart from the Queensland medical officer has indicated that you must identify the source of a case within 48 hours.

And as Dr (Kerry) Chant reported today, we found a genomic link with the recent case and so the last case that has an unknown source was back in October 24.”

I reckon Annastacia Palaszczuk’s doing a great job…One of the things that I won’t do, and you’ve seen Labor oppositions not do, is make partisan political comments.

No one wants to see restrictions in place but restrictions have made Queenslanders safe…I want to be able to travel and I want Australians to travel. I know Annastacia Palaszczuk does too.”

12.23am GMT

New South Wales chief health officer Kerry Chant has also announced that two previous Sydney clusters were actually linked.

Chant said it was “pleasing we have been able to find that missing link” between the Moss Vale and Liverpool clusters, after NSW Health genomic testing showed the viral RNA from cases was identical.

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