The Covid Wrap: A State-By-State Summary On Covid Across Australia
Don’t blink, it could change
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declared the country is on track to reopen in their four-phase plan despite Victoria and New South Wales in lockdown.
“I want to assure people that the path out of this and the four-step plan that National Cabinet agreed some weeks ago is very much on our agenda despite the challenges we are currently facing in New South Wales and Victoria”
- PM Scott Morrison
Meanwhile, AMA president Dr Omar Khorshid has said he’d like to see New South Wales introduce a “more Victorian-style” lockdown, closing “non-essential” retail and limiting contact at work and between households.
Horrified at the freedoms still allowed to NSW residents, Dr Khorshid implores what is essential retail? It “should not be up to common sense, not up to people doing the right thing, but an edict from government to close non-essential retail”.
Across other parts of the country:
WA’s Premier Mark McGowan has slammed shut the border to Victorians amid fears of ‘fleeting transmission’. WA have also re-instated their border restrictions with NSW and Queensland, meaning no one’s allowed in.
South Australia have softened their hard border restrictions with Western Australia and the Northern Territory but remain closed to New South Wales the ACT, Victoria and some parts of Queensland.
Australia’s Capital Territory have tightened their grip on border control with NSW and Victoria, with exemptions allowed for exceptional circumstances.
In the Northern Territory its sunny days with no new cases, and anyone from anywhere wanting to come in needs to quarantine for 14 days before they can enter, or pass go.
Queensland’s Premier is set to fly to Tokyo this weekend to pitch for the 2032 Olympics as the state records one new community Covid-19 case. The Sunshine state have also declared locked-down Victoria a hotspot.
New South Wales notched 97 cases on Friday with 29 in the community while infectious. Premier Gladys Berejiklian hinting at a further tightening of restrictions.
Down south and Victoria recorded eight new local COVID-19 cases as the state enters a five-day snap lockdown.
Finally, in Tasmania a resort business is offering $100 vouchers to staff who have had the jab, as Victoria gets snubbed as a “high-risk” area.
Across the ditch and Quarantine-free travel to New Zealand is currently off the cards for residents of NSW and Victoria. Everyone else is welcome unless circumstances change.
To wrap up in the words of Mr Scott Morrison “there are shifting sands when it comes to the evolution of this issue".
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