Western Australia tightens border with South Australia after new COVID cases amid Omicron fears

Western Australia tightens border with South Australia after new COVID cases amid Omicron fears

Western Australia will force all arrivals from South Australia to isolate for 14 days under tightened border rules.Key points:WA Premier Mark McGowan says his state must act with an “abundance of caution” due to fears about the Omicron variantThe “low-risk” designation means arrivals from South Australia must be tested and self-isolateExisting approvals for people due to … Read more

Queensland Human Rights Commission flooded with inquiries due to Covid border confusion | Queensland

The Queensland human rights commissioner, Scott McDougall, says the commission has received a spike in inquiries due to confusion over a lack of detail about the state’s Covid border rules.McDougall said that in the past few weeks, since the Queensland government announced its plans to reopen the state border, more than a third of inquiries … Read more

Queensland records no new COVID-19 cases, recent outbreaks ‘closed’ as Minister apologises for border rules confusion

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath

The threat from Queensland’s latest COVID scares has been declared over by authorities with the good news coming as the Health Minister apologised for confusion over border rules.The state has recorded no new community cases and there are just five active cases in the state.Acting Chief Health Officer Peter Aitken said it had been a “week of good … Read more

Queensland COVID-19 border bubble with northern NSW being considered amid Byron Bay hostel lockdown, no new local cases recorded

Police officers perform checks as car crosses newly reopened Queensland-NSW border bubble

The Queensland government is considering a Gold Coast-Tweed border bubble when the state’s roads reopen to New South Wales next month, but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says a COVID-19 scare in Byron Bay is a concern.Key points:Queensland authorities will examine the Byron COVID case “very carefully” before enacting a border bubblePremier said the case was a reminder people must get … Read more

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall outlines COVID-19 requirements ahead of state border reopening

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall outlines COVID-19 requirements ahead of state border reopening

Fully vaccinated travellers from central Sydney and Melbourne will be allowed into South Australia when borders open on Tuesday, the state’s Premier announced today.Key points:Fully vaccinated travellers from Victoria and New South Wales will be permitted to enter SA from Tuesday, except for Byron BayAnyone entering South Australia will need to register their detailsExemptions can still … Read more

Border zone COVID-19 testing could cost workers hundreds of dollars each week

Police direct traffic at a border checkpoint.

Thousands of people living in the Queensland-New South Wales border zone fear they will have to pay hundreds of dollars a fortnight just to commute to work once the border reopens.Key points:The Queensland roadmap states that from December 17 people crossing the border will require a negative test in the previous 72 hoursIt’s unclear if a special … Read more

Joyous families reunite at airports as COVID-19 border rules ease in Queensland

Joyous families reunite at airports as COVID-19 border rules ease in Queensland

Elated families have reunited across Queensland’s airports as COVID-19 restrictions ease in the state, but others waiting to drive across the border are still locked out and say they are at the “end of their tether”.Key points:Queensland’s borders opened for people flying from interstate COVID-19 hotspots todayReturning Queenslanders at Brisbane airport were happy but also frustrated … Read more

Queensland set to loosen COVID border restrictions, with 1.6 million unvaccinated in the state

Queensland set to loosen COVID border restrictions, with 1.6 million unvaccinated in the state

About 1.6 million Queensland residents remain unvaccinated against COVID-19, as the state prepares to open borders to inoculated travellers flying in from virus hotspots interstate.Key points:The Queensland government is expected to announce today how people can start applying for border passesAn infectious disease expert is concerned the virus will spread quickly once border rules relaxAbout … Read more

U.S.-Mexico border reopens after 20 months of COVID disruption

U.S.-Mexico border reopens after 20 months of COVID disruption

TIJUANA/CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico, Nov 8 (Reuters) – There were fewer crossings at the Mexico-United States border than expected on Monday as it reopened to non-essential travel following a 20-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with many residents staying home to avoid potential chaos.Officials in the Mexican border city of Tijuana said people did not … Read more

COVID live updates: SA and Qld tighten border restrictions with NT after Katherine COVID cases

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Live updates16m ago16 minutes agoFri 5 Nov 2021 at 9:46pmBy Daniel SmithElective surgery in VicHi Team! When will elective surgery re-open in Vic? I’m in metro Melb and am waiting for surgery for endometriosis. It’s been really difficult and I’d really love to know when surgery will resume so I can get some relief-Waiting for … Read more

Japan eases COVID-19 border curbs, trails major partners

Japan eases COVID-19 border curbs, trails major partners

Kimono-clad tourists wearing protective face masks are seen at a temple at Asakusa district, a popular sightseeing spot, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Tokyo, Japan October 13, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato/FilesTOKYO, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Japan confirmed on Tuesday plans to gradually ease COVID-19 border curbs, but fell short of demands by business lobbies … Read more

Covid-19: Northland cases ‘no surprise’, with low vaccination rates at border

Covid-19: Northland cases 'no surprise', with low vaccination rates at border

New cases of Covid-19 in Northland have come as no surprise to Kaipara’s mayor, who has been advocating for better services in areas next to the Auckland border. Four cases announced over the weekend are all from one household in the Kaiwaka area, which is “right on the border” with alert level 3 Auckland, Dr … Read more

Covid-19: Infected woman in Kāwhia crossed border into Auckland region

Covid-19: Infected woman in Kāwhia crossed border into Auckland region

TOM LEE/STUFFAnother case of Covid-19 has been confirmed in Kāwhia on Waikato’s west coast.A woman who tested positive for Covid-19 in Kāwhia has since travelled to be with family in the Auckland region. Ōtorohanga district mayor Max Baxter told Stuff it was originally understood the woman had crossed the Auckland border to visit her father … Read more

COVID live updates: WA eases restrictions with Queensland amid hard border warning ahead of Christmas

COVID live updates: WA eases restrictions with Queensland amid hard border warning ahead of Christmas

Western Australia assesses Queensland as ‘very low’ riskThe change came into effect just after midnight, and you know what that means — quarantine-free travel.Queensland was meant to move to “very low risk” last Friday, but that was put on hold after a positive case was recorded on the Gold Coast on Thursday.”With the inclusion of … Read more

SA announces COVID-19 roadmap including repeal of border restrictions on November 23

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South Australia will ease its border restrictions for double-vaccinated people from November 23.Key points:Double-vaccinated domestic travellers will be able to head into SA without quarantiningInternational arrivals will have the current quarantine duration halvedFurther repeals will require 90 per cent of the population, aged 12 and over, to have been fully vaccinatedThat date will also see the … Read more

Australia could see Covid surge from new variants even after 80% vaccination when border reopens | Australia news

If the Australian international border is reopened while highly transmissible Covid-19 variants are circulating overseas or locally, large and disruptive outbreaks will still be possible after 80% of people aged 16 years are fully vaccinated, modelling published in the Medical Journal of Australia on Monday says.It comes after the New South Wales premier, Dominic Perrottet, … Read more

Queensland records no new cases of COVID-19, Premier says border opening plan depends on vaccination and national plan

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk responds to media questions about the state's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has again urged Queenslanders to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and signalled revised modelling due this week would determine the state’s path to reopening to people from New South Wales and Victoria.Ms Palaszczuk has come under pressure to commit to a plan to reopen the state’s borders as Queensland recorded another day with no … Read more