South Australian authorities are finalising arrangements to lift the state’s remaining coronavirus travel restrictions from Friday.
South Australia’s transition committee is due to meet later today to consider the existing travel ban on people coming from Greater Melbourne.
The committee was originally due to meet yesterday but decided on a delay to gather final information in regard to the type of testing regime that may remain in place.
What’s going on?
Under existing arrangements, people coming from Melbourne are not permitted to enter SA.
However, exemptions are provided to returning local residents, people relocating permanently and essential travellers.
The restrictions are the last SA has in place and were imposed in response to a recent cluster of coronavirus cases.
Once the restrictions are lifted, all those in VIC, including Greater Melbourne. wishing to travel to SA can do so once again.
All travellers coming to South Australia must complete the Cross Border Travel Registration at least 7 days prior to travel, irrespective of whether they are from a low community transmission zone or a prescribed location.
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South Australia reported two new virus infections of its own yesterday, a woman in her 60s and a man in his 50s, both recently returned from overseas.
They are among four active cases in hotel quarantine.
Victoria is poised to return to pre-lockdown COVID rules later this week as the state recorded its fourth consecutive day without a new case.
Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed there were no new local or overseas acquired cases recorded yesterday, following 17,270 tests.
There remain 25 active cases of COVID-19 across the state, including one person who is in hospital but no longer in intensive care.
Thousands, however, remain in self-isolation after coming into contact with cases linked to the Holiday Inn outbreak.
A total of 22 cases have been traced back to a family of three staying on the third floor of the Melbourne Airport hotel earlier this month, who contracted the highly-infectious UK strain of the virus overseas.
On Monday, 580 doses of Pfizer vaccine were administered in Victoria as part of the first day of its rollout in the state.
The federal government has allocated about 12,000 doses to Victoria in the first week of the rollout, with up to 59,000 doses expected in the first four weeks.
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