The NSW government has revised its travel advice for South Australia, urging its citizens to avoid travel to the state unless it’s for essential reasons.
Appearing on The Today Show on Wednesday morning, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said residents should not travel to South Australia, and vice versa, unless for important family or essential business.
“Anybody who is thinking of travelling to Adelaide, it might be wise if you don’t for the time being unless it’s essential business or very important family business, but even then be extremely cautious,” he said.
Hazzard said the advice was a basic warning.
“Obviously the South Australian government is trying to deal with an issue which is a challenge at the moment,” he said.
“Don’t travel for the moment until things are sorted.”
#BREAKING: The New South Wales Government has changed its travel advice for South Australia, now asking residents to avoid all non-essential travel to and from the state. #9Today pic.twitter.com/WTLAhAndhv
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) November 17, 2020
Victoria, meanwhile, has imposed no border restrictions at this stage. However, the state has asked people from South Australia to cancel all non-essential travel.
In a statement issued on Wednesday morning, the Department of Health and Human Services said authorised officers will meet every incoming flight from Adelaide to Melbourne at Tullamarine.
Name, contact details, and location history will be recorded as well as temperature and symptom checks.
Additional to measures for passengers on flights from South Australia, by tomorrow interstate truck drivers travelling through Victoria will be asked to get tested. A testing site is being set up at Nhill and sites will be progressively added at other major routes.#COVID19Vic pic.twitter.com/NaTPT0Pct8
— Victorian Department of Health (@VicGovDH) November 17, 2020
South Australia recorded five new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday afternoon, with four of those cases linked to the growing Parafield cluster.
That brings the total number of active cases in South Australia to 34.
By yesterday afternoon, around 4,000 close contacts had already been advised to self-quarantine and get tested for the virus, while health alerts were issued for a number of locations across Adelaide.
Anyone experiencing symptoms for the virus should be tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible.
Symptoms include fever or chills, an acute respiratory infection – sore throat, symptoms of a cough, runny nose, or shortness of breath – and loss of smell.