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‘Don’t come’ to regional NSW, says Deputy Premier

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NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro has discouraged visitors from travelling to isolated regional and rural communities until the threat from coronavirus has passed.

“I was out in the far west a few weeks ago,” he tells Ray Hadley, “and it was clear in those communities our health system… [isn’t] designed to have the manpower nor the ability to really manage this COVID-19 crisis, if there was an outbreak of significant numbers.

“That can only possibly happen if there’s an influx of people to the regions.”

Mr Barilaro says he’s grateful for the way city-dwellers supported the bush during the drought and bushfire crises, but now regional communities have a very different request.

“I’ll look forward to embracing you all at Christmas, but right now, my message is if you don’t need to, don’t come.”

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