South Australia removes hard border with Western Australia

South Australia removes hard border with Western Australia

With Perth coming out of lockdown this evening, South Australian health officials have decided to remove a hard border with Western Australia immediately.

However, travellers from WA will still be required to get tested on days one, five and 12 from arrival, and isolate until the first negative test result is received.

Further, anyone who is currently in quarantine after arriving from WA can leave immediately, excluding those who were at the Four Points Hotel.

Since WA went into lockdown on Sunday after a hotel quarantine worker tested positive for COVID-19, the state has not recorded any more locally transmitted cases of the coronavirus.

This has given SA Health the confidence to reopen the state's borders to travellers from WA.

In addition, SA Premier Steven Marshall said his state will be accepting more international travellers through February.

While SA won't return to accepting 600 returning travellers per week anytime soon, the number will be increasing to hit approximately 530 per week by mid-February.

"We're not in a position to go right back to where we were," Marshall said.

"We do want to play our role in the repatriation of Australian citizens, but we've looked very carefully at the acceptable capacity that we can have here in South Australia so that it will provide us with that capacity if we do need to isolate people that are coming in from another state or if we do have anything that develops in here in our state."

SA reported one new case of COVID-19 today a returned traveller in hotel quarantine.

SA Health says this case is an "old" case but it will be added to the state's numbers from today.

Interstate, no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were recorded today.

In particular, NSW recorded no new locally acquired cases and no new cases in hotel quarantine for the first time since 25 November 2020.

Updated at 1.33pm AEDT on 5 February 2021.

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