Western Australia has clamped down on border restrictions for travellers from one state after it recorded worrying new Covid cases today.
Western Australian health authorities will force all arrivals from South Australia to isolate for 14 days under tightened border rules set to be announced shortly, ABC News reports.
It comes after SA recorded three new Covid cases and announced new exposure sites – taking the total number of cases since the state reopened its borders on November 23 to nine.
The cases are a man aged in his 40s and two women – one aged in her 20s and the other in her 50s – who all acquired their infections interstate.
Another confirmed case is a child who has been reported and counted in another jurisdiction, however is now in SA and is included in the state’s active case numbers.
From next week, travellers entering South Australia will need to show evidence of a negative Covid test result within 72 hours of their arrival, under major new border changes.
The new rules, which take effect at 12.01am Monday, come as authorities announce more exposure sites in Adelaide and the state’s South East.
SA Health added Qantas Flight QF683 from Melbourne to Adelaide to its growing list of “casual contact” exposure locations on Friday.
Passengers on the flight are required to get tested immediately and quarantine until they receive a negative result.
The bathroom at Adelaide Airport has also been added as an exposure location from that morning.
A country pub has also been added to the list, with anyone who attended The Willalooka Tavern, on the Riddoch Highway between Keith and Padthaway, on Saturday November 20 asked to quarantine for seven or 14 days depending on their vaccination status.
The new direction for SA travellers to WA comes after Western Australia’s vaccine commander Chris Dawson said the state’s strict border rules were likely to loosen “sometime in January”.
But Premier Mark McGowan was more circumspect, saying it would be “late January or early February”.
Mr McGowan has remained clear he will set a reopening date once the state hits its vaccination target of 80 per cent and aim to open based on 90 per cent coverage.