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Covid 19: New Restrictions Across Australia

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Restrictions have been reimposed in states and territories of Australia as Covid seems to be on an increasing slope. Already, Millions in NSW are in lockdown and on Sunday afternoon, Darwin and its surrounding areas are in lockdowm. Meanwhile Queensland is on edge with its own community spread as state leaders rush to strengthen border closures.

Late on Sunday afternoon, Queensland Health identified another case of Covid-19 in the community after already reporting two cases earlier in the day. The new case was a miner who had returned from working in the Northern Territory, transited through Brisbane Airport on Friday night and travelled to the Sunshine Coast.

Multiple states are on edge as leaders urge people to come forward for testing and to do vaccines.

Meanwhile health authorities across three states are also tracking down residents after a Virgin Australia flight attendance who has worked Friday and Saturday, has been tested positive.

Victoria is set to impose new border restrictions on Darwin as Norther Territories enters a lockdown after an outbreak linked to a remote mine has grown to five cases.

This comes as Victoria recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, with three cases recorded in hotel quarantine.In the past day 20,698 test results came in and almost 15,000 vaccine doses were administered at state-run centres.

Virtually no one is welcome in South Australia while even the ACT – which has not recorded any cases – has now imposed mask mandates for indoor settings.

South Australia Premier Steven Marshall said there had been a “significant deterioration” in Australia’s fight against the virus and so the state would close its border to Queensland, WA, the NT and the ACT effective immediately.

“I think South Australia now needs to take decisive action to make sure we can continue to keep our state safe and our economy strong,” he said Sunday afternoon.

The state will keep its existing hard border with NSW excluding anyone from within 100 kilometres of the NSW border. All Victorians will now need to be tested for the virus on the first day they arrive in SA. There remain no restrictions for travelers from Tasmania.

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