Coronavirus updates LIVE: Berejiklian flags easing of NSW restrictions next week; Britain suffers deadliest day of pandemic; Australian Open crisis continues

Professor Kelly warned on Tuesday Australia had to be cautious in restarting international travel given the country was in an “envious position” compared to most of the world.

However, he added Australia was reviewing the health risk of neighbouring countries in the Pacific, while also in “close discussions” with New Zealand, whose residents are allowed into Australia.

Compulsory masks on public transport are likely to remain even after other restrictions are eased. Credit: Renee Nowytarger

NSW recorded no new local coronavirus cases for the third day in a row on Wednesday, prompting Ms Berejiklian to flag that restrictions will most likely be eased next week.

After 19,959 tests were recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday – nearly double that of the previous day – the Premier said the health advice was restrictions could start to be eased to what they were before the northern beaches outbreak in December.

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