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The Informer: COVID-positive NSW removalist visits Victoria, South Australia

Victoria Police man a checkpoint to conduct ID and permit checks along the Lincoln Causeway in Wodonga. Picture: Mark Jesser
Victoria Police man a checkpoint to conduct ID and permit checks along the Lincoln Causeway in Wodonga. Picture: Mark Jesser

"Don't leave home."

It's a simple and straightforward message from NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, but it's one that continues to be defied by many in the state.

NSW recorded 112 new coronavirus cases overnight - it's the biggest daily increase of the outbreak so far.

At least 34 of the new cases were infectious while in the community.

"Overwhelmingly, we don't want people to leave home unless they absolutely have to," Ms Berejiklian said.

The growing outbreak of the Delta variant has led to the state government announcing the AstraZeneca vaccine will now be available to over 40s at NSW Health vaccination centres.

And the outbreak is now also impacting Victoria and South Australia after a COVID-positive Sydney removalist visited both states while infectious.

The man entered Victoria and worked in a number of homes in Melbourne on July 8. He stayed overnight before travelling to South Australia on July 9 and then back to Sydney.

He undertook a COVID-19 test in NSW on July 10 and received a positive result on July 11.

The virus outbreak has also caused chaos for border towns after the Victorian government declared NSW and the ACT red zones on Sunday.

NSW residents in the border bubble can cross into Victoria without a permit, but they must be able to show proof of address at the police checkpoints.

From midnight, South Australia will increase checks on residents returning from Sydney.

SA residents have been warned they will face tougher scrutiny after 950 people returned last week.

Premier Steven Marshall said authorities wanted to "seriously turn that tap off".

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