Sydney (Australia): The border restrictions between Australia’s Victoria, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), and New South Wales (NSW) will be eased, as the “relative risks” change in Victoria amid the worsening Covid-19 situation. Starting Wednesday midnight, non-lockdown areas of NSW and ACT will be changed. Extreme risk zones will be moving to the red zones and red zones will be changed to orange zones.
Residents entering Victoria from those areas will need to have a test after arriving and wait for a negative result prior to moving into the community.
The Victorian Health Minister, Martin Foley stated that “As the relative risks change and as we move progressively towards opening up of the Victorian community under the national plan, we will continue to monitor, and as we are confident the risk continues to be mitigated in NSW. We want to make sure that we continue to keep a close eye on that and if there are further changes to be made in due course, we will let everybody know.”
The decision comes after Victoria witnessed its seventh day of recording more than 1,000 Covid-19 daily cases and 11 new deaths.
Over 80 percent of the Australian population aged over 16 have so far received their first dose of vaccines. In the neighboring state of NSW, the Covid-19 cases dropped below 600, reporting 10 deaths.
The full vaccination rate is now close to 70 percent in the state as per the NSW Health Department.