Extreme restrictions force ALL Victorians to quarantine immediately in one state – but borders are open for now as Melbourne’s Covid-19 outbreak DOUBLES in a day
- New arrivals from Victoria will be forced to self-isolate when they arrive in WA
- Premier Mark McGowan said the strict measures are to protect WA citizens
- A ‘concerning’ Covid cluster in Melbourne has now climbed to nine cases
The state government stopped short of closing its border to Victoria, but will require all arrivals from from 6pm on Tuesday to immediately get tested and self-quarantine until they receive a negative result.
Anyone who has visited any of the 23 exposure sites in Victoria during the relevant times are also required to get tested immediately and must self-quarantine for 14 days.
Travellers from Victoria who have arrived since May 15 are urged to monitor their health closely and are warned they will be contacted by WA Police, using the G2G Pass declaration system in place in WA.
Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan (pictured) announced that Victorian arrivals must self-isolate
Restriction for Victorian travellers
– Effective from 6pm today (May 25): all arrivals from Victoria must get a COVID-19 test on arrival or within 48 hours and self-quarantine until they return a negative result
– They must wear a mask when in transit to their premise or to get a COVID-19 test.
– Anyone who has visited any of the exposure sites in Victoria during the relevant times should get tested immediately for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 14 days from their date of exposure.
– People who have visited an exposure site must also get a COVID-19 test on day two and day 11 of their 14-day self-quarantine.
– Travellers from Victoria who have arrived since May 15 are urged to monitor their health closely and are warned they will be contacted by WA Police, using the G2G Pass declaration system in place in WA.
There were four new locally-acquired cases confirmed in Melbourne today, bringing the shock cluster to nine.
Victoria’s Department of Health announced a man in his 60s who tested positive – infected a further four household contacts.
Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan described the situation as ‘concerning’ as there have been about 18,000 travellers from Victoria arrive in Western Australia over the past 10 days.
‘This is a rapidly evolving situation and things may well change,’ he said.
‘Given the unknown source of the current outbreak, and genomic sequencing confirming a link to the Victorian man who acquired the virus in South Australian hotel quarantine earlier this month, it is a very concerning situation.
‘It means there have been infectious people in the Victorian community potentially since May 15.’
Health workers conduct COVID-19 test at Northern Health in Epping, Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Pedestrians queue at a Covid-19 testing station in Melbourne on May 25, 2021, as the city recorded five new locally-acquired coronavirus cases in the community after an 85-day unbroken stretch of zero infections
The Premier who has become known for his tough stance on border during the pandemic made no apologies for the ‘extra precautionary’ measures.
‘I understand this may be inconvenient for some people, but we need to take this course of action to protect Western Australia,’ Mr McGowan said.
‘My government will take whatever action required to keep Western Australians safe.’
Genomic testing has determined today’s new cases are linked to the Whittlesea area cluster in Melbourne’s north, with 168 close contacts identified so far.