Biggest Australian states reopen borders as Covid-19 cases ease

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 24, 2020

Queensland will allow residents from Greater Sydney to enter the state from December 1, in an easing of coronavirus border restrictions.

NSW Health guidelines require anyone who has undergone a COVID-19 test to self-isolate until a negative result is received.

"I have advised the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews that if they reach that 28 days tomorrow then they too will be open on December 1", she said.

The two states closed the border on July 8 for the first time in more than a century, as the government in Victoria moved to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases in Melbourne, the state's capital and Australia's second-biggest city.

Premier Palaszczuk said the decision was made after "extensive conversations" between her chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young, and NSW's counterpart.

Premier Palaszczuk has repeatedly stated that she would only open her state up to areas that have recorded a month without so-called community transmission - that is cases of COVID where no source of the infection can be traced.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles described the announcement as "a great day for Australia".

The news comes after NSW's Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Premier Palaszczuk have been involved in a six-month long public argument over the closure.

"It's wonderful to be back in communication with the New South Wales Premier", Ms Palaszczuk said.

Dr Young said Queensland health authorities would wait and see how the outbreak in South Australia goes before reopening the border to them. "And as you know, Queensland, attractive one day, flawless the next".

The border to Adelaide was closed last week by Ms Palaszczuk after it was declared a hotspot.

"The important thing is to recognise that this virus is circulating throughout the world, that the case numbers are increasing", Dr Young said.

"It was so unexpected when they got that case in South Australia and their hospital system down there is to be commended, that they picked up that case so quickly".

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