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Sydney COVID outbreak: WA Premier says NSW should enter hard lockdown

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan has urged NSW to go into lockdown to extinguish its growing COVID-19 cluster amid frustration about his own state’s testing capacity.

Under WA’s latest changes, anyone arriving from NSW is required to self-quarantine for 14 days and get tested on day 11.

A cluster on Sydney’s northern beaches has jumped to 28 people, with residents urged to stay home where possible for the next three days.

But the Berejiklian government has resisted mirroring the hardline lockdowns implemented by Victoria and South Australia to quash outbreaks.

‘Tougher measures’

“I think NSW should go to tougher measures,” Mr McGowan told reporters on Friday.

“The sooner that NSW crushes it, the sooner they kill it, the better it is for them and the better it is for the entire country.

“What Victoria and South Australia showed is you can eliminate the virus.

“You can kill the virus if you put in place the right measures.”

Almost 5000 people have arrived in WA from NSW over the past week.

WA Premier Mark McGowan says anyone arriving from NSW is required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Credit: AAP

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