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Been to Victoria? Anyone in New South Wales who has visited a state with coronavirus will be forced to self-isolate for two weeks

  • Segregation order imposed on NSW visitors to Greater Melbourne
  • Anyone entering New South Wales in a coronavirus state must self-isolate
  • Order comes as Prime Minister of New South Wales foreshadows tighter restrictions

A new isolation order was imposed on residents of New South Wales who visited Victoria.

As of Thursday, anyone entering New South Wales from a coronavirus state will be forced to self-isolate at home for 14 days.

NSW Health released a clarification Thursday evening after it was widely reported that the Public Health Order would apply to anyone who has been in Victoria since June 24.

“NSW Health will amend the health orders that came into effect on July 8 to eliminate any confusion about the interpretation of the orders,” said a department spokesperson.

“The government’s intention was to guarantee that any Victorian or anyone entering New South Wales from Victoria AFTER the start of the ordinances will be required to isolate themselves.

“Government policy was NOT to be retrospective. This action follows a legal opinion that the orders are susceptible to incorrect interpretation. ”

NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said Thursday the risk of contagion in NSW is “very high”

The order comes as NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian on Thursday foreshadowed tighter restrictions on coronaviruses.

“It doesn’t take very long for things to escalate quickly,” she said.

“And it doesn’t take very long for this rate of community transmission to increase, so we all have to be on high alert.”

Earlier Thursday, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that while the rate of community transmission remains low, there was no reason to tighten social distancing restrictions among the majority of residents.

However, she said it could take weeks to determine whether “ the potential seeding that may have taken place in these border communities and also in other parts of New South Wales ” has gone from Victoria to its state.

The border between VIC and NSW was closed on Tuesday to prevent the second wave of COVID-19 in Melbourne from spreading to the neighboring state.  Police are pictured arresting and interrogating drivers at a checkpoint on July 8 in Albury

The border between VIC and NSW was closed on Tuesday to prevent the second wave of COVID-19 in Melbourne from spreading to the neighboring state.  Police are arresting and interrogating drivers at a checkpoint on July 8 in Albury

The border between VIC and NSW was closed on Tuesday to prevent the second wave of COVID-19 in Melbourne from spreading to the neighboring state. Police are pictured arresting and interrogating drivers at a checkpoint on July 8 in Albury

Berejiklian warned that conditions could change quickly as the situation evolves.

“I want everyone to feel alert,” said the prime minister.

“Because if we get results, if the data starts to change and we have to act quickly.

“I want people to know that for the next two to three weeks in particular, we all have to be on high alert.”

New South Wales police commissioner Mick Fuller said the border closure with Victoria could last up to six weeks, the same length as Melbourne’s third stage lockdown on from midnight Wednesday.

Berejiklian also plans to move the state border north and annex Albury to Victoria until the epidemic is brought under control.

This would allow residents of the two cities to freely cross state borders and minimize disruption to the community while preventing the virus from spreading deeper into New South Wales.

Dozens of medical personnel gather Tuesday outside a Melbourne housing complex as they conduct a COVID-19 test blitz on residents

Dozens of medical personnel gather Tuesday outside a Melbourne housing complex as they conduct a COVID-19 test blitz on residents

Dozens of medical personnel gather Tuesday outside a Melbourne housing complex as they conduct a COVID-19 test blitz on residents

She also noted that it was more difficult to obtain exemption permits to cross the border.

More than 50,000 exemption permits were issued Tuesday evening allowing people living in border communities NSW-Victoria to cross the two.

Victoria recorded 134 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, its second highest total in a single day since the start of the pandemic, after a record 191 infections on Tuesday.

Fears that the horror epidemic could jump state borders were heightened after three people returning from Melbourne tested positive for virus in New South Wales this week.

New South Wales on Thursday recorded 13 new cases of coronavirus, of which 11 returned to quarantine at the hotel.

The other two were residents of Albury, one of whom had recently visited Melbourne before contacting the other.

VICTORIA CORONAVIRUS CASE

VICTORIA CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS JULY 8:

  • 134 new cases
  • Total number of cases: 2942
  • 11 new cases linked to outbreaks
  • 123 under investigation
  • No new cases in international travelers returned
  • A total of 75 infections in nine locked social housing towers
  • 29424 tests carried out on Tuesday

CASES OF KNOWN EPIDEMICS

  • 7 cases linked to the epidemic of Al-Taqwa College, which now totals 102
  • 2 linked to locked social housing towers, which now total 75
  • 1 linked to the Stamford Plaza epidemic, which now totals 43
  • 1 linked to the installation of PM Fresh at Broadmeadows, which now totals 2
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews talks about state response to increased cases

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews talks about state response to increased cases

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews talks about state response to increased cases

OTHER CASES

  • 4 patients and a staff member from Brunswick Private Hospital.
  • 3 at the Woolworths Customer Fulfillment Center in Footscray, bringing the total to 4
  • 5 linked to five elderly care services

OVERALL FIGURES:

  • 860 active cases in the state
  • 150 active in the Hume local government area
  • 41 Victorians hospitalized including 7 in intensive care
  • 1,000,867 tests performed since the start of the tests
  • 2575 of the total cases of the metropolis of Melbourne
  • 263 from the Victoria region
  • 456 cases indicate community transmission
  • 2,058 people recovered from the virus

SUPPORT AND PENALTIES FOR TIGHTENING RESTRICTIONS

  • 264 defense personnel providing logistical support to the Victoria police
  • Increased police presence in 32 local government zones entering phase 3 lockdown at midnight
  • 810 spot checks by Victoria Police in the past 24 hours to homes, businesses and non-essential government services
  • 6,314 fines since the start of the monitoring of restrictions in the context of the Sentinel operation
  • Public health ordinance offenses are liable to on-site fines of $ 1,652 for individuals and $ 9,913 for businesses.

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