SA, Qld borders reopen as no new local cases of COVID-19 recorded
No new local cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Victoria overnight as South Australia and Queensland announced their state borders would reopen in time for school holidays.
The border measures will lift at 12am on Friday in South Australia and 1am on Friday in Queensland, allowing Victorians to travel to the states over the school break.
“Dr (Jeannette) Young is comfortable with the way Victoria is at, and we will keep a close eye on New South Wales,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said the state recording zero new local cases of coronavirus today was “terrific news”.
“As outbreaks stand, we are at a 98 per cent clearance for primary close contacts in the City of Whittlesea, Port Melbourne and the West Melbourne branches of the outbreak,” he said.
“They are stabilising, but we are not all clear yet.”
Health teams are testing people in high-risk complexes as a precaution due to the Southbank townhouse cluster.
“We are doing a round of testing of residents in the lower-risk townhouses, and those results should be through the course of today,” Professor Sutton said.
There are fears Victoria could be forced to cut the number of daily vaccinations next month if the state does not get a boost in Pfizer doses.
Victorian health officials plan to cut the number of Pfizer doses administered from 80,000 a week to around 40,000 from July due to a lack of supply from the Federal Government.
Acting Premier James Merlino yesterday said the country was falling behind the vaccine race amid supply issues, ahead of attending a National Cabinet meeting to discuss the rollout.
Mr Merlino called for a “sense of urgency” to ramp up the program.
“When you compare how Australia is going with the rest of the world, we are falling so far behind it’s not funny,” he said.
“I want to see confirmation of supply. This is a race, a race that nationally we are falling behind in.”