Australia Faces Increases Coronavirus Threats – Imposes Lockdown of State Boundaries

by Tiago Decker

Australia has faced a smaller threat in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic as the country has just reported 8,449 cases till date. However, Australia has been hot on its tail with the virus with strict lockdowns and country wide social distancing measures. However, with an increased spike in cases over a limited amount of days, Australia has imposed a seal between the two most populous cities –Victoria and New South Wales.

The current spike in cases in Victoria’s capital has seen hundreds of cases in the past two weeks –more than 95% of new Australia’s infections are reported in the latter. Until now, the two states have maintained an open border relationship even though the others closed down their borders. Their closure beginning Wednesday, will impact permit holders.

Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews said that the following changes were being made by a joint decision with Prime Minister Scott Morrison  and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. “This is one of those precautionary measures – it is one of those things that I think will help us in broader terms contain the spread of the virus,” Mr. Andrews told reporters on Monday.

Furthermore, he gave no indications as to when the borders might open. Flying between Sydney and Melbourne – The state capitals is ordinarily considered among the world’s busiest routes. The three leaders have previously said that no border closure is necessary as the cases were locally spread and no need was required for a complete border closure.

Previously, most cases were reported from overseas travelers, however, the new infected cases were reportedly based on community transmission, almost 80% of the new cases. “This is unprecedented in Australia. We have not seen anything like this,” said Ms. Berejiklian.

Victoria reported 128 new cases on Monday which were a new high for the latter since the outbreak was reported.

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