‘Pre-emptive’ restrictions possible for NSW South Coast as ACT outbreak grows

Parts of the NSW South Coast could be next in line for a COVID-19 lockdown due to their proximity to the growing ACT outbreak.

Canberra has become the latest major city impacted by a snap lockdown, the first in more than a year in the nation's capital.

The announcement yesterday prompted a flurry of activity at the ACT-NSW border as people tried to escape the lockdown.

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Authorities have pleaded with people not to panic buy and assured them essential shops will stay open.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said lockdown could be on the cards for Queanbeyan and the South Coast due to their proximity to the ACT outbreak.

"I know people are concerned about movements that occurred overnight from the ACT to parts of our South Coast," she said.

"We have had concern from community leaders about that today."

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

Ms Berejiklian said health authorities were looking at possible solutions today.

"If we need to do anything as a pre-emptive move, we will, similar to what we have done in other parts of the state," she said.

The ACT has recorded two new local COVID-19 cases, bringing the total in the current outbreak to six active cases.

The cases stem from a man in his 20s who was infectious in the community since Sunday.

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ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr in Canberra.

He attended a number of venues, including a nightclub, a church and major retail stores.

Health authorities suspect he has the Delta strain of the virus and they suspect it came from Sydney.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said about 3900 people have been identified as close or casual contacts through the check-in app.

The amount of close contacts and exposure sites is likely to increase, he said.

The ACT is listed on the NSW COVID-19 concerns notice, meaning travellers must complete a travel declaration form before crossing the border.

Anyone who has visited an exposure site must quarantine for two weeks.

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