Medico Says Border Stoush is Unnecessary

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Australia’s deputy chief medical officer says there’s no reason for borders to be shut as state leaders squabble over coronavirus-related border closures.

NSW will relax travel rules within the state from June 1 with regional travel allowed for interstate visitors and residents.

But Queensland is holding firm, telling its tourism industry to prepare for a likely September reopening of its state borders.

WA, SA and the NT are also maintaining hardline approaches on border closures amid fears of a second wave of infections.

Deputy chief medical officer Paul Kelly says the national health advisory committee has made no decision nor offered advice on state border closures.

“From a medical point of view, I can’t see why the borders are still closed,” he told reporters on Wednesday.


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