South Australia has imposed fresh travel restrictions on people with exposure to key sites in Melbourne linked to the city’s fresh COVID-19 cases.
With four new cases confirmed, SA will stop travellers who visited a number of locations in Melbourne’s north from travelling to SA.
The restrictions will also require anyone who recently visited those sites and who is already in SA to self-isolate for 14 days and also get tested three times.
Less severe measures have been imposed for anyone who visited the City of Whittlesea, with those arrivals in SA required to have a COVID-19 test within 24 hours and isolate until they receive a negative result.
On Monday, South Australia’s Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said she had received a briefing from Victorian officials.
“I’m just working through the implications of that. Victoria’s contact tracing team are obviously doing an excellent job,” she said.
Prof Spurrier said the cases were a reminder that even though Australia had done well in containing the virus, the potential for a significant outbreak remained.
Premier Steven Marshall said while SA was concerned by the situation in Victoria, local officials had a good working relationship with their interstate counterparts.
“Any new case in the community is a concern to us. We’ve got to do everything we can to keep ourselves protected,” the premier said.
Also on Monday, SA announced plans to expand the availability of the coronavirus vaccine to anyone over the age of 16 and living in regional SA communities, and a program to provide vaccines on Kangaroo Island.
SA reported just one new virus case on Monday in a returned traveller although the man’s case is believed to be an old infection.
There is just one active infection in the state, also a returned traveller in hotel quarantine.
Australian Associated Press