NSW records 286 Covid cases and two deaths as Queensland prepares to open border to its neighbour

NSW records 286 Covid cases and two deaths as Queensland prepares to open the border to its southern neighbour for the first time in months

Two deaths and 286 locally acquired Covid cases have been recorded in NSW.

Case numbers reported in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday were 25 higher than the previous day.

There were two deaths connected with the virus, while one new overseas case was also detected.

There are 236 people with Covid-19 in hospital – up eight on the previous day’s tally – with 34 in intensive care.

From Sunday, travellers from NSW can enter Queensland as long as they spend 14 days in home quarantine and are fully vaccinated.

A shopper walks past a retail store in the Pitt Street Mall in the Sydney CBD on November 8

Some 90.6 per cent of people over 16 in NSW meanwhile are fully vaccinated and 94 per cent of adults have had their first jab.

In the 12-15 age group, more than 80 per cent have had their first dose, and 71 per cent have received both.

Meanwhile, with the final Covid-19 restrictions lifted and people in NSW daring to dream of travelling again, they are being promised simpler regulations if their plans are dashed.

Better Regulation and Innovation Minister Kevin Anderson said during the pandemic the government received thousands of complaints from people who unknowingly agreed to travel cancellation policies they were not happy with.

New information standards will clearly outline key terms and conditions of travel contracts relating to cancellations, refunds and credits, processing fees and any other important exclusions.

‘With many of us booking travel across metropolitan and regional NSW, there’s never been a better time to ensure consumers are clear about what happens if they need to cancel or defer travel,’ Mr Anderson said.

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