Australia could be divided INDEFINITELY if no vaccine is found as expert warns states would be ‘absolutely mad’ to open up borders to Victoria and NSW
- Top professor warned of divided country until a vaccine is found for coronavirus
- Melbourne University professor Tony Blakely said states will always be isolated
- ‘You’d be mad to open your borders to Victoria or NSW at the moment,’ he said.
- NSW recorded seven new COVID-19 cases while Victoria counted 300 on Friday
Victoria and New South Wales could remain closed off to the rest of the country until a vaccine is found for COVID-19, an expert has warned.
Melbourne University professor Tony Blakely said it would be ‘absolutely mad’ if virus-free states opened their borders to parts of the country that were still struggling with the outbreak.
‘You’d be mad to open your borders to someone like Victoria or even NSW at the moment,’ he told The Australian.
‘There is a real risk we are going to end up with a split country until we get a vaccine.’
A checkpoint is seen in Coolangatta, on the border of Queensland and NSW, on Thursday (pictured) as experts warned Australia could be divided for many months to come
On Friday, New South Wales recorded just seven new cases while Victoria continued its bad spell with 300 confirmed cases (pictured, a local goes for a walk at Bondi Beach on July 20)
On Friday, New South Wales recorded just seven new cases while Victoria continued its bad spell with 300 confirmed cases and seven more deaths – with 2,240 cases confirmed in the state in one week.
Victoria has been isolated from the rest of the country as interstate travel bubbles are formed, with Sydneysiders also banned from some areas.
The Northern Territory scrapped its mandatory 14-day quarantine for interstate travellers, except for those coming from Victoria and New South Wales.
Queensland has also blacklisted Victoria and almost 100 NSW suburbs, vowing to turn away residents at the state’s borders.
Tasmania is creating a travel bubble with South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory from August 7, after closing off in March.
Premier Peter Gutwein said borders with the other mainland states and territories would stay closed because of their higher COVID-19 case numbers.
Melbourne University professor Tony Blakely (pictured) said it would be ‘mad’ if virus free states opened their borders to parts of the country that were still struggling with the outbreak
Defence personnel are seen at a checkpoint at Coolangatta on the Queensland and New South Wales border on Thursday (pictured) after people from hotspots were banend
Professor Blakely observed the country was trying to suppress the rate of the virus rather than eradicate it.
This meant another outbreak of COVID-19 was always a possibility and border closures were going to be a reality until a vaccine was rolled out.
‘No other state in their right mind would want to open their borders to us because the chance of the virus jumping across and taking off is high,’ he said.
Federal, state and territory governments agree suppression of the coronavirus, meaning zero community transmission, remains the strategic goal following a national cabinet meeting on Friday.
Victoria and Sydney are isolated from the rest of the country as interstate travel bubbles form (pictured, locals go for a walk along the Wan walking track in Melbourne on Friday)
They also agreed to tighten rules on testing truckies and freight movement over concerns drivers exempt from travel restrictions may spread the disease.
Acting Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly flagged an announcement in coming days on a better way to co-ordinate action on outbreaks in aged care facilities.
His comments came as Aged and Community Services Australia chief executive Patricia Sparrow called on the federal government to ‘stop what’s happening’ in Victoria because it could easily happen in another part of the country.
SYDNEY SUBURBS DECLARED ‘COVID-19 HOTSPOTS’ BY QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT
Bardia, Blair Athol, Blairmont, Bow Bowing, Bradbury
Eagle Vale, Englorie Park, Eschol Park
Gilead, Glen Alpine, Glenfield
Leumeah, Long Point
Macquarie Fields, Macquarie Links, Menangle Park, Minto, Minto Heights
Raby, Rosemeadow, Ruse
St Andrews, St Helens Park
Wedderburn and Woodbine
Badgerys Creek, Bringelly, Busby
Carnes Hill, Cartwright, Casula, Cecil Hills, Cecil Park, Chipping Norton
Edmondson Park, Elizabeth Hills
Greendale, Green Valley
Hammondville, Heckenberg, Hinchinbrook, Holsworthy, Horningsea Park, Hoxton Park
Len Waters Estate, Leppington, Liverpool, Luddenham, Lurnea
Middleton Grange, Miller, Moorebank, Mount Pritchard
Pleasure Point, Prestons,
Wallacia, Warwick Farm, Wattle Grove and West Hoxton
St Johns Park