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Australia records no local spread of COVID-19 as more cases linked to Australian Open emerge


No new locally acquired cases were reported across Australia on Saturday.

Victoria recorded its 18th straight day without a local COVID-19 case as the state’s residents enjoy greater freedom to gather indoors.

Indoor gathering limit at homes doubled from Saturday from 15 to 30.

Victorian authorities on Saturday reported one new case linked to the Australian tennis open, a man in his 20s who is not a player.

A further three non-players – two men in their 30s and one in his 50s – have meanwhile been confirmed to have the highly contagious UK variant of the virus.

There are 10 active cases linked to the Open and 970 people associated with the tournament in quarantine.

In NSW, residents of dozens of suburbs are being urged to monitor any possible coronavirus symptoms after viral fragments were detected at two wastewater plants.

NSW Health said its sewage surveillance program had recently detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 at the Liverpool and Glenfield plants in southwest Sydney.

Seven cases were recorded in hotel quarantine – three in Victoria, two in Western Australia and one each in NSW and the Northern Territory.

WA will reopen its borders to NSW and Queensland from Monday, although travellers will still be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your jurisdiction’s restrictions on gathering limits. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. News and information is available in 63 languages at sbs.com.au/coronavirus.

Please check the relevant guidelines for your state or territory: NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, ACT, Tasmania.

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