Victoria reports 64 new infections, Queensland shuts its border

Henrietta Brewer
July 1, 2020

From July 3, pubs, cafes, restaurants and clubs will not be restricted to a maximum number of people, provided there is 4 sq/m of space per person.

Worldwide flights into Victoria will also be diverted to other states and an inquiry will be held into the hotel quarantine process. "If we do not do this now, then I won't be locking down 10 postcodes, I will be locking down all postcodes".

"So any teams coming in from Victoria to South Australia will have to do that two weeks of isolation [and] any South Australian team that plays a Victorian team or goes to Victoria to play a Victorian team will have to do that two weeks of isolation on return to our state".

Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews has requested all flights to Melbourne be diverted for the next fortnight as the state battles to get to grips with an apparent second spike of coronavirus cases according to Australian Aviation.

Victoria announced 75 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday as the Queensland government moved to require any Queensland team, or team based in the state, to quarantine for 14 days if they play against a team from Melbourne. By comparison, the most populous state, neighboring New South Wales, and the third-most populous, Queensland, both reported no new cases.

A person receives a Covid-19 swab test at a coronavirus pop-up testing facility in a north Melbourne suburb last week.

"Victoria Police will be actively - actively - enforcing these suburban lockdown, this stay-at-home order", Andrews said.

"We've been through this before and we now have to go through it again", Lambros Tapinos, the mayor of several affected postcodes told Reuters by telephone.

"We apologise to many people who have had to make changes because of our change of the date of 20 July but our number-one priority is the health, safety and welfare of all South Australians".

Queensland said it would reopen its border to the rest of the country from July 10 while keeping out arrivals from Victoria. If they do, they must undergo mandatory quarantine in a hotel at their own expense for a minimum of 14 days.

NSW, which borders Victoria, said it would continue to keep its border open as it focused on supporting its economy amid the pandemic.

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