As infections come down some Australian states relax border curbs
SYDNEY (AUSTRALIA) – Victoria, the second-largest state of Australia, is witnessing a surge in new coronavirus infections because of increased testing. Elsewhere in the country, states and territories are mulling easing border curbs as the number of infections is on the wane.
Officials of Queensland said the state would open its borders to certain parts of neighbouring New South Wales, which is the most populous Australian state. This comes amid growing confidence that the second wave of infections has been contained.
New South Wales has been witnessing new daily infections in single digits since Sept. 11 and only two cases were reported in the past 24 hours.
No new cases were reported in Queensland, said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, adding that residents from neighbouring states such as NSW tourist hot spot of Byron, would be permitted to travel to the state in coming days.
“These areas have a lot in common with Queensland. They usually do a lot of their business in Queensland. So, we believe that this is the right measure to take,” she said.
Premier of South Australia Steven Marshall said the state would allow NSW residents to cross the frontier without having to undergo self-isolation for 14 days from Thursday.
No new case has been reported in South Australia for the past two weeks.
As many as 28 new cases were reported in Victoria on Tuesday, up from 11 on Monday.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said the spurt in new cases is because of increased testing done during the weekend.
“It’s very challenging, but this does take some time, because the nature of this virus is there is that latency, there is that lag,” he said.