South Australia is expected to impose tighter COVID-19 restrictions on NSW amid concerns over the spread of virus cases in Sydney.

The state’s transition committee is expected to consider the “volatile and changing” situation again on Thursday.

But Police Commissioner Grant Stevens has already urged anyone considering travelling from SA to NSW in coming days to “very seriously consider whether that travel is essential.”

He says South Australians on holiday or travelling in NSW should also consider returning home as soon as possible.

“The continued spread of cases in New South Wales is of particular concern,” a police statement said.

At present, only people from Sydney’s northern beaches are banned from entering SA.

Those from greater Sydney, the Central Coast and the Wollongong region can come but must quarantine for 14 days.

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People from other areas of NSW must submit to a COVID-19 test.

The travel warnings came after NSW reported 18 new cases of community transmission on Wednesday, including six linked to a new cluster in Sydney’s inner-west.

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