WA faces calls to reopen Victoria border after coronavirus four-week milestone reached
Western Australia is now the only state or territory with closed borders to Victoria and no plans to reopen them soon, after the latter recorded 28 days with no new COVID-19 cases.
The McGowan Government is weighing up fresh health advice on Victoria, which has reached the benchmark that is widely seen as eliminating coronavirus from the community.
But the national peak group for doctors is calling on WA to quickly drop its border restrictions, arguing complacency in the west means people there are now probably more at risk from the virus than those in Victoria.
Tasmania today opened its border to Victoria, Queensland will reopen from Tuesday and the Northern Territory will open to Melburnians on Monday.
Four weeks with no community cases is the threshold the McGowan Government set for reconsidering the requirement for people coming from Victoria to quarantine for two weeks and for reclassifying the state as “very low risk”.
Australian Medical Association (AMA) national president Omar Khorshid said Victoria had done a remarkable job.
“I think we can look forward to a situation where all our borders are open in the fairly near future,” Dr Khorshid, who is based in Perth, said.
“Ironically, because of the lack of social distancing and complacency in Western Australia that we’re all guilty of, me included, WA is probably at more risk of COVID now than Victoria is.”
Reporting by Nicolas Perpitch.
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