Individuals from Victoria’s coronavirus hotspots will be banned from getting in NSW and will deal with an $11,000 fine or 6 months’ jail time if they breach that order, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has announced.
In NSW, 14 new cases of COVID-19 were verified, all in returned tourists in hotel quarantine. Victoria recorded 73 brand-new cases of COVID-19– up from 64 the day before– with just three of those cases from hotel quarantine.
” The Victorian circumstance ought to be taken very, extremely seriously,” Mr Hazzard said on Wednesday early morning. “Do not get cocky, do not get complacent, it could occur anywhere.”
Mr Hazzard said that, while NSW typically loved tourists coming from interstate, those from infection hotspots in Melbourne were not currently welcome.
” We’re sorry; that’s not something we wish to do, but we should provide for our own security,” he stated.
” As quickly as you set foot in NSW you’ll be exposed to the possibility of 6 months’ jail or an $11,000 fine.”
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews stated there will be brand-new testing places throughout all the hotspot postcodes that are returning to lockdown from midnight. “There is such a huge team of people working as difficult as they can … to have control of this virus,” he said.
Speaking with reporters on Wednesday early morning, Mr Andrews asked households in those areas to work with the health authorities and the federal government.
” I do not wish to have to close down anymore postcodes,” he stated.
Mr Hazzard alerted anybody from NSW who takes a trip to the Victorian hotspots would be accountable for the exact same penalties.
” If you choose to go there when you actually shouldn’t be going there, and you come back to NSW, you’ll be needed to go into seclusion here for 14 days,” Mr Hazzard said.
” And if you breach that order, you’ll be accountable to a penalty … it could be an $11,000 fine or a six-month prison sentence.”
Mr Hazzard said the NSW Health order banning Victorian hotspot tourists was 90 per cent complete, and he would sign the order later Wednesday.
” I anticipate that our orders will become operative from midnight tonight,” he stated.
‘ You’re really mortal’
Mr Hazzard stressed that people in NSW– and particularly younger individuals– should continue to take the pandemic seriously.
” I am worried that young people especially believe that they are invincible and never-ceasing,” he said.
” Well, no. You’re really mortal, and we have actually had people as young as 17 throughout the world who have actually passed away … so you require to take it seriously.”
The Health Minister’s warning features the news that a person of the 63 COVID-19 clients being treated by NSW Health has actually been relocated to intensive care. That client does not require a ventilator.
More than 16,000 tests were conducted in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday, up from 12,250 in the previous reporting duration.
With Mary Ward
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