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Australia Western Australia introduces hard border with South Australia after COVID-19 cases

04:48  22 july  2021
04:48  22 july  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Western Australia has introduced a hard border with New South Wales following the evolving COVID - 19 situation and outbreak. Following updated advice from the WA Chief Health Officer, NSW will transition from a 'very low risk' state to ‘medium risk’ under WA’s controlled border , effective from 11.00am, Wednesday 23 June. Travel from NSW will no longer be permitted, unless you are an exempt traveller. This also applies to anyone who may have been in NSW and has not subsequently been in a ‘very low risk’ state or territory for 14 days, including travellers who have been in NSW since 12.01am

South Australia and Western Australia will effectively close their borders in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. South Australian Premier Steven Marshall announced on Sunday that anyone entering the state would be subject to a mandatory 14-day isolation period. An Adelaide resident gets tested for COVID - 19 from their car. Source: Getty Images. Mr Marshall said in the “first instance” there will be 12 “land-based stations” on South Australia ’s borders which will include testing facilities. They will also be in place where interstate trains travel in and at the airports, Mr Marshall said.

Premier Mark McGowan has announced Western Australia is imposing a hard border with South Australia.

It has been reclassified to a medium risk state, meaning only travellers with an exemption can enter WA.

The hard border comes into force at midday today.

WA recorded zero new cases of COVID-19 overnight.

There are currently 15 active cases, including 10 in hotel quarantine and five on the BBC California docked at Fremantle port.

WA is also expanding its COVID-19 vaccination rollout with two new mass vaccination clinics in Perth and an extra 10,000 bookings for the shot per week.

The latest federal health data showed WA continued to have the lowest vaccination rate of all the states and territories, with 11.8 per cent of the eligible population vaccinated compared with the national rate of 14.5 per cent, as of July 20.

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South Australia moved to a full lockdown after the number of local Covid - 19 cases reached five. Victoria recorded 13 new cases and has extended its lockdown by seven days. Victoria said from midnight there would be no more travel permits for people arriving from NSW, except for authorised workers or on Tasmania has a hard border in place with Victoria and NSW and has also declared a host of high-risk hotspots in Queensland. Mr Gutwein said the travel ban with Victoria would remain in place for at least as long as the mainland state’s lockdown, which was on Tuesday extended for a week.

The High Court has ruled WA's hard border complies with the Constitution. Mr Palmer launched his fight after being denied an exemption to enter WA. The hard border was introduced in April to slow the spread of COVID - 19 . West Australia 's Solicitor General Joshua Thomson said that was enough to sink Mr Palmer's case , which the WA Premier branded "selfishness". Western Australia was backed by Victoria, South Australia , Queensland and Tasmania as well as the ACT and the Northern Territory, who were all concerned about their powers to control their borders in the current circumstances.

Mr McGowan has announced a new mass vaccination clinic will be opened in the Perth CBD on August 16.

Another one will be opened at Centrepoint Midland on September 16, to replace the Redcliffe clinic.

"Our aim is to make vaccination as accessible as possible for West Australians who haven't had their first dose," Mr McGowan said.

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The current vaccination clinic at the Claremont show grounds will be expanded from 40 to 60 booths, allowing for an extra 2,400 doses to be administered each day.

The government is also partnering with the Royal Agricultural Society of WA to trial a new walk-in clinic at the Perth Royal Show in September.

Mr McGowan said people could turn up without an appointment during the royal show and receive the vaccination.

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The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has reopened its border with neighbouring Victoria for the first time since July after coronavirus cases there fell to zero. Victoria, which imposed a tough lockdown after a surge in cases , has reported no new infections since the beginning of November. The state is also relaxing its rules on wearing face masks. Australia has recorded about 900 deaths and 28,000 infections in total. The country has relied on lockdowns, widespread testing and aggressive contact tracing to push daily infections nationwide close to zero. Australia shut down its international

South Australia has recorded a new case of COVID – 19 overnight – taking the current cluster to six. Key points: There are now only a handful of reasons to leave the house. She also worked at Westminster School in Marion providing counselling to boarders and attended training on a pupil-free day yesterday. Some boarders have been ordered to quarantine at home. Westminster School at Marion, which is closed after a case connected with the site and the lockdown.

But people who have an appointment for the second dose of the vaccine must keep that booking.

The hours will also be expanded at the Kwinana clinic and new clinics will open in the south-west regional towns of Busselton on Tuesday and in Manjimup on July 29.

Under 40s 'some of most eager' to be vaccinated, Premier says

Mr McGowan urged people aged over 40 or in a priority group of workers to make a booking.

He acknowledged the frustration for people aged under 40 who wanted to get vaccinated.

"Some of the most eager people in the community to get vaccinated are in this group," the Premier said.

"At this stage we still don't have the supply from the Commonwealth to be able to do this.

"I understand the frustration, which is why I strongly encourage the federal government to procure more Pfizer vaccines as a priority to make this happen."

On Sunday night, almost 100,000 Pfizer vaccines arrived in Perth.

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Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia , Tasmania and the Northern Territory introduced border restrictions with New South Wales late on Thursday night amid concerns the growing Covid - 19 outbreak in the state could worsen in coming days. Western Australia has imposed blanket restrictions on all “I think Australians are going to work hard to keep it that way, and I think premiers and chief ministers are very keen to [keep the country open] as well,” Morrison said. Earlier on Thursday, the acting Queensland premier, Steven Miles, said his state would consider whether to declare affected

It was part of a batch of 1 million doses which arrived in the country as part of the Commonwealth's ramp up.

A million doses of Pfizer are now due to arrive each week in Australia.

Slow uptake due to hesitiancy: Premier

Mr McGowan has suggested the slow rate of vaccination in WA is because people are hesitant due to the success in stopping the disease.

'But the threat is real. Look at most of the nation now under lockdown," he said.

"Look at the heartbreaking situation in Indonesia and in India. The virus is still killing masses of people.

Among people aged over 70 in WA, 78 per cent have received at least one dose of the vaccine and about a third are fully vaccinated.

For people aged in their 60s, about 60 per cent have received their first jab, and for those in their 50s it is near 50 per cent.

More than one quarter of people in the 40 to 49 age bracket have received one dose, and for those in their 30s it is nearing 20 per cent.

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