NSW Premier Says 'Don't Interact With Citizens From Melbourne' As Coronavirus Cases Spike
The New South Wales Premier has warned her residents not to interact with people from Melbourne as coronavirus cases jump in Victoria.
The city has become the epicentre of a Covid-19 resurgence and there are fears that Victoria, or parts of it, could be put back into lockdown.
More than a dozen cases were recorded on Monday, according to News Corp, taking the state's total active cases to 127.
As a result, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian wants her citizens to steer clear of Melbourne and people from the city until the infection spike settles down.
She said during a press conference: "I call on all organisations not to interact with citizens from Melbourne at this stage. I would definitely encourage organisations to consider who to allow on their premises and where they're coming from."
"I think it's the prerogative of every business, every organisation not to accept anyone from these hotspots at this time."
It's a huge call and one likely to cause a bit of argy bargy between the two state leaders.
It will be a massive hit for Melburnian families who were gearing up for a little jaunt across to NSW for the school holidays, which kick off on Friday.
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The call from Premier Berejiklian comes a day after she warned people in NSW not to head south and soak up Melbourne.
"As is consistent with the health advice from Victoria, and also from New South Wales, nobody from NSW should be travelling to those hot spots at this present time," she said.
"Melbourne is a discretion. We would recommend people not at this stage travel to Melbourne unless they have to. We said from the beginning - once you start easing restrictions, we will expect case numbers to go up.
"But it's a question of how you monitor them, how you clamp down on them, how you make sure that people are coming forward to get tested."
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has warned that he could introduce a local or state-wide lockdown order if coronavirus cases continue to climb.
He said: "It doesn't matter how many people are doing the wrong thing - everybody, everybody will pay the price if we get to a point where restrictions either localised or across the state need to be re-introduced.
"We have seen many families, large families, who have gathered in numbers beyond the rules.
"That is just not on. It is not acceptable. Particularly if anybody in those family groupings has even mild symptoms - let alone if anybody in those family groupings has been told to quarantine as a close contact, or even a positive case.
"Now, just on home, it's really important again it is your household and five guests."
Six coronavirus hotspots have been identified in Melbourne, which include Hume, Casey, Brimbank, Moreland, Cardinia and Darebin.
Be safe out there everyone.
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