‘Too early’ to open NSW-VIC border

As of Thursday there have been no further cases of Covid-19 reported within the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD), with the number of local people infected since the pandemic began remaining at 56.

There are zero active cases of the virus in the region.

A total of 75,049 Covid tests have now been conducted within the Murrumbidgee region, an increase of 467 in the 24 hours prior.

On Tuesday, the New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian said that she would hold off on opening the border to Victoria, despite the neighbouring state recording two consecutive days with no new Covid cases early this week.

She said that she is waiting to see how Victoria deals with any new outbreaks before easing border restrictions, however wants to see it reopen “as soon as we can.”

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has encouraged Victorians not to holiday in NSW once the border restrictions are eventually relaxed.

“I would be encouraging people to stay very much in Victoria, and spend whatever they can on a holiday in regional Victoria rather than heading to New South Wales or anywhere else, for that matter,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tasmania has announced it will open its borders to NSW from Friday next week (November 6).

This will make Victoria the only state closed to Tasmania.

On the other hand, Ms Berejiklian has once again called for Queensland to reopen its border with NSW.

On Tuesday, Victoria recorded a second consecutive day of no new Covid cases for the first time in over seven months. 

The last time that the state recorded two consecutive days of no new cases was on March 5 and 6.

Additionally, on Tuesday night Victoria’s 15-week lockdown finally came to an end, with the city’s shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs allowed to reopen their doors from 11.59pm that night and residents free to leave their homes whenever they like for whatever reason.

The second wave of the pandemic in Victoria tragically claimed nearly 800 lives, hundreds of thousands of jobs and tens of billions of dollars to the state’s economy.

The MLHD is continuing to encourage people in the local region to come forward for testing if they feel unwell.

The most common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, sore throat and dry cough. Symptoms will generally appear 3-4 days after exposure to the virus but can be up to 14 days later.

Those who are tested will need to remain in self-isolation until they receive the results of their test, which usually takes around 30 hours and can be received via text message.

Tests can be arranged by calling the MLHD Covid-19 hotline on 1800 831 099, or the GP-led Respiratory Clinic located at the Railway Precinct in Tumut on 6947 2211.