Australia’s borders will be closed for a ‘very significant’ amount of time: Greg Hunt
Canberra: Health Minister Greg Hunt says Australia is an “island sanctuary” and the borders will remain shut for a “very significant” amount of time. Mr Hunt says coronavirus infection rates are accelerating around the world.
“For the time being we are an island sanctuary,” he told radio on yesterday.
The number of global coronavirus infections has exceeded nine million.
Mr Hunt appeared to suggest international borders would be shut until a vaccine was found.
Australia’s top medical adviser on the coronavirus pandemic says there’s a “lot of luck” involved in the caseload when comparing Victoria and NSW.
Victoria’s active cases have more than doubled in a week, with 16 new infections on Monday taking the total to 125.
By contrast, active cases in NSW have jumped by 22 in the past week, but fallen or remained at zero in every other state. Victoria’s case numbers are now the highest they’ve been in more than two months after six days of double-digit growth.
The spike caused the West Australian government to shelve a plan to open its borders in August and sparked a warning by NSW against visiting Melbourne.