Sydney residents returning from Melbourne are forced into a five-day lockdown after Victorian health officials privately admitted other states that have adopted contact tracers for too long to be in touch with anyone who were exposed in Melbourne’s new coronavirus outbreak

NSW Health Secretary Brad Hazzard issued a health policy Friday night instructing anyone returning from Victoria after 11 years to stay home until 11 a.m. on Friday at 5 p.m. Wednesday at 59 p.m. Government New South Wales originally announced that anyone who was aged 29 Returns from Victoria on January 25th, having to isolate for five days, but revised this date on the advice of the state’s chief health officer

NSW Health also urgently contacted approximately 7,000 NSW individuals who had visited places of concern in Melbourne including Melbourne Airport â ???? given a growing coronavirus cluster in the city

The outbreak of the highly contagious variant that leaked from Melbourne’s quarantine hotel Holiday Inn rose to 1pm on Friday and triggered a five-day lockdown in Victoria from Friday evening

During two sessions of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), the Victoria Chief Health Officer came under pressure to explain why nearly half of the close ties of the Melbourne Airport Holiday Inn-affiliated cluster were not within the benchmark – 48 hour period contacted on Tuesday

The AHPPC, made up of chief health officers from each state and territory and chaired by the Australian chief medical officer, met late Thursday evening and again on Friday morning to discuss Melbourne’s most recent outbreak

According to three sources familiar with the meeting, Victorian health officials were challenged over contact tracing data that showed 89 percent of close contacts were not contacted within 48 hours on Monday, and that number had risen to 437 percent by Tuesday, before being later in the Week falling dramatically

One attendee at the meeting told the Herald that while Victoria had improved contact tracing significantly, some jurisdictions had raised concerns about keeping the borders open due to a delay in establishing close contacts

NSW remained the only state or territory that Victoria did not impose border restrictions on Friday night Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said the state will screen all passengers returning from Victoria at Sydney Airport.Anyone arriving by road or rail must complete a registration form

“The border between NSW and Victoria remains open” Ms. Berejiklian said in a statement NSW Health is continuing to monitor the situation closelyâ ????

Individuals who entered NSW from Victoria after midnight Friday are only allowed to leave their homes to purchase essential items, medical and other nursing and care, exercise and essential work. The NSW government strongly encourages all non-essential travel Advised against going to Victoria

â ???? This thing isn’t the 2020 virus – it’s moving at a rate nowhere seen in our country in the past 12 months he said

The Australian Open tennis tournament will continue despite the suspension, although spectators will be suspended from Saturday

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Premier Gladys Berejiklian provide a coronavirus update this week Photo credit: Peter Braig

Anyone in NSW based in Victoria should not enter NSW unless they have permission to do so, and anyone in NSW who has been in Victoria since midnight Friday must adhere to Victoria’s quick release procedures and move on for the next self isolate five days under the new public health regulation

NSW turned 26 Day in a row with zero new locally acquired cases from Jan.518 tests reported between 24 hours and 8 p.m. on Thursday, compared to 16 total397 the day before

NSW government sources said the Victorian government’s viral rhetoric on Friday reflected a level of alert that was not shared in NSW

“Dan Andrews jumps into the shadows” said an NSW minister on condition of anonymity. He knows in his heart that he cannot trust his own systemâ ????

Ms. Berejiklian was instinctively cautious and the most conservative voice in dealing with the pandemic in the NSW cabinet, said a minister Therefore you have the approach that we haveâ ????

Victorian health officials were concerned about exposure to the virus from people who visited the Brunetti Cafe at Melbourne Airport Terminal 4, where one of the newly identified COVID-19 cases was effective

The terminal is mainly used for Jetstar flights, including flights to Sydney It is believed that between 4000 and 5000 people passed through the terminal during the exposure period

Anyone in NSW who was at a Melbourne Airport terminal on Sunday or Monday has been instructed to report for testing and self-isolation until they get a negative result

Anyone who was at Terminal 4 between 4am and 4pm on Tuesday is recommended to get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of the test result

Household contacts of people who were in Terminal 4 at the time were also asked to self-isolate until the person received a negative test result

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