Mark McGowan holds off on slamming shut border to NSW but said he would do so in coming days should health advice say so.

The WA Premier says the situation regarding the country’s latest COVID outbreak remains “extremely fluid”, but is holding off on closing the border to NSW for now.

He confirmed more than 4,900 passengers from NSW had arrived in WA since December 11, including 87 from the northern beaches – where the current cluster originated.

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There have been 28 cases so far recorded in NSW, including one person who travelled to Queensland.

“We will continue to monitor the situation extremely closely and do whatever is needed,” Mr McGowan said.

“This may well mean that hard border with NSW needs to return in the near future.

“Can I ask all West Australians to avoid travelling to NSW.”

Anyone arriving from NSW between December 11 and December 17 must self-isolate until they return a negative test.

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Those arriving after December 17 will need to go into two weeks quarantine.

Mr McGowan said the approach was different from that enforced against SA because the outbreak was not as “widespread”.

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