Sydney, Australia | Several Australian states announced on Friday that they were taking or considering unprecedented detention measures for travelers from Sydney and its region, which is experiencing an unprecedented outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Western Australia (West) on Friday announced a series of tougher measures for travelers from New South Wales and its capital Sydney (east), registering a record 390 new cases on Friday.
From Tuesday, Prime Minister Mark McGowan announced that passengers would be exempt from entering Western Australia.
They must also provide a negative Kovid test, prove they have received at least one dose of the vaccine, be placed under 14-day house arrest and agree to install the tracking app on their phone.
If the number of daily cases in Sydney exceeds 500, travelers must also undergo a 14-day hotel quarantine.
The Prime Minister of Queensland (northeast) Annastasia Palazzuk, who has a joint border with New South Wales, said he was very concerned about the situation in his neighborhood.
She said she was preparing border boundary measures.
“No one should cross this border to go to New South Wales,” she warned. “We do not want this virus to spread to the north and if we have to take tough measures, we will.”
Anger is growing over the Sydney outbreak not being brought under control, as the number of cases is rising in the rural areas of that state.
More than ten million people living in the country’s two largest cities, Melbourne and Sydney and the capital Canberra, are currently in detention.
In the state of New South Wales, nearly 6,900 cases have been reported since the launch of the Delta variant in mid-June.
Sydney control, which has entered its seventh week, could continue in one form or another until October, officials said.
When the outrage roared, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison backed the Western Australian decision.
“I welcome vaccine requirements,” he said.
Mr Morrison’s Conservative government has largely left it to the states to decide what to do to combat the epidemic.