South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has stated today’s 288 new cases in Victoria are a blunt reminder of how contagious COVID-19 is.
In a press conference following this morning’s National Cabinet meeting, Premier Marshall confirmed dozens of South Australian nurses and paramedics are currently in Victoria, aiding the COVID-19 response.
SA Pathology is also processing in excess of 500 Victorian COVID-19 tests per day, in an effort to assist the state, with a contact tracing team in place to help remotely.
A nationwide review of hotel quarantine arrangements has also been announced, with Premier Marshall stating South Australia has a gold standard of hotel quarantine arrangements.
South Australia will soon move to cap international arrivals, taking 500 per week, so as to maintain this high standard.
Premier Marshall confirmed the hard border with Victoria is in place and will remain, with arrivals given a PCR test on arrival, and again on day twelve of self quarantine. So far, there has been full compliance from those required to self quarantine.
The plan to open the South Australian border (with the exception of Victoria) on July 20 remains, however Premier Marshall stated the case results of other states will be looked at carefully over the coming days to make sure the borders are not lifted too early.
COVID-19 testing levels remain high in South Australia.
More to come.