COVID-19: Australia’s Victoria to shut borders for first time in 100 years

Melbourne, July 6

In a significant step to include the rising variety of COVID-19 infections, Australia’s hard-hit state Victoria, on Monday, introduced to shut its borders with the nation’s most populous state New South Wales for the primary time in 100 years.

Marking a brand new part in Australia’s battle in opposition to the lethal contagion, Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews stated that efficient Tuesday night time, the state’s borders with New South Wales (NSW) can be shut.

The announcement got here as Victoria registered yet one more huge bounce of 127 new coronavirus circumstances — the very best day by day enhance for the reason that pandemic started — and two deaths within the final 24 hours.

The new fatalities have taken the dying toll of the state to 22 and that of the nation to 106.

“We have – all of us – agreed that the best thing to do is to close the border. “That closure will be enforced on the NSW side, so as not to be a drain on resources that are very much focused on fighting the virus right now across our state,” Andrews stated.

Victorians would require a allow to enter NSW, he stated.

He stated that the choice to shut the border adopted talks with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos has confirmed the state’s second dying with a person in his 60s passing away on Monday morning.

Over the weekend, the state authorities has introduced strict lockdown measures for 9 public housing towers for 5 days in Melbourne’s interior north which home over 3,000 residents.

The restrictions on the residents of those buildings have been made stricter than the stay-at-home orders in place in 12 Melbourne postcodes, the place individuals can solely depart causes corresponding to work, examine, to supply care or purchase groceries.

The residents of the buildings will not be allowed to depart their houses with police patrolling the realm to implement the lockdown.

Meanwhile, in a press briefing, NSW Premier Berejiklian stated that “all of Melbourne will be defined as a coronavirus hotspot under the NSW public health order from Monday”.

“The health minister will… be ensuring that come midnight tonight — so for the next 24 hours — that the hotspots will extend to all of Melbourne, so nobody from Melbourne will be able to cross the border in the next 24 hours,” she stated.

A allow system can be put in place for the individuals who must cross the border as they dwell in a border group or are an important employee.

Berejiklian stated that anybody might apply for a allow in the event that they “feel they will be impacted by the closure”.

She stated that an amazing majority of the brand new circumstances in Melbourne within the current weeks had been from group transmission.

This is the primary time in 100 years that the state governments have to shut their borders, in accordance with officers. PTI

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