Rex Airlines considers flying regional routes Virgin Australia dumped during coronavirus


Regional towns across the country could soon have new air services in the wake of Virgin Australia cancelling routes because of the coronavirus pandemic.

While international and state borders are closed, Regional Express Airlines (Rex) is weighing up whether to fly to towns that Virgin Australia abandoned, such as Port Macquarie and Tamworth in New South Wales.

Rex is based at Mascot in Sydney, and is the nation’s largest regional network aside from QantasLink.

Rex deputy chairman and former Nationals MP John Sharp also flagged other routes the airline could fly into.

“We think we can take up the slack in routes that we compete currently against Virgin, like Albury and Mildura, and also routes that Virgin’s already abandoned some time ago in Western Australia, like Perth to Geraldton,” Mr Sharp said.

He said the regional airline industry wouldn’t have survived without the Commonwealth Government’s support leaving many regional communities cut off from their capital cities.

Earlier this year, the Australian Government had provided a cash boost to regional airlines through the Commonwealth Grant Agreement through the COVID-19 Regional Airline Network Support program.

“As part of our return of the support that our company’s received from the Australian Government, we are prepared to operate services to communities where we don’t see any profit,” Mr Sharp said.

‘More planes in the air’

Speaking at a press conference in Wagga Wagga today, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack would not say if the Government would offer support to Rex should they take over the regional routes, saying they would have those discussions in the future.

Instead, he called on the premiers to ease the border restrictions.

Mr McCormack said he felt that in many cases the border restrictions were for political purposes, but they were restricting business, aviation, and “life as we know it”.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack says many regional areas are under lockdown despite having no COVID-19 cases.(ABC Wagga Wagga: Melinda Hayter)

“We want to make sure that there are more planes in the air — planes in the air, jobs on the ground,” he said.

“Let’s get on, open those borders up, allow tourism to be what it needs to be, allow Australians to travel freely around their own country and get more planes flying interstate, that is so important.

However, Mr Sharp said opening borders prematurely could cause more harm to the aviation and tourism industries.

“It’s a fine judgment by governments, but one thing they do need to bear in mind is that a premature … lifting of border closures could result in another wave, and that’s going to do us a lot more harm,” he said.

Regional mayor commends Rex

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Mayor Peta Pinson confirmed Rex Airlines had been in contact.

The tail of a Virgin Australia plane on the tarmac, with other planes lines up behind it.
Virgin Australia has cancelled many of its regional routes as it continues its post-coronavirus restructure.(AAP: Darren England)

“I commend Rex for their forward thinking,” Cr Pinson said.

“Disappointed in Virgin — a little bit of heads up would have been nice to receive from them.”

She said it would make “perfect sense” for Rex to pick up the route.

“We’re a growing region … our commercial activity is high, we are a low-transmission area — we’ve had no COVID cases for many months now,” Cr Pinson said.

“They [Rex] will be well rewarded by our community, I would imagine.

The mayor said the council had received a lot of interest from other carriers after Virgin Airlines announced last week it was withdrawing its services.

“While some airlines are contracting, an airline is looking at their opportunities too,” she said.



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Liverpool, Arsenal off to flying starts in new Premier League season


Mohamed Salah featured in Liverpool’s win. Credit:Getty Images

Jack Harrison equalised for Leeds eight minutes later with a fine solo goal before Liverpool restored their lead in the 20th minute with Virgil van Dijk left unmarked to head in an Andy Robertson corner.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side, back in the top flight after a 16-year absence, rallied again with Patrick Bamford slotting home after Van Dijk had failed to deal with a ball over the top.

Salah blasted Liverpool back in front, 12 minutes before the break, but Leeds hit back for a third time through Polish midfielder Mateusz Klich, who made it 3-3.

Liverpool secured the points in the 88th minute with another Salah penalty after substitute Rodrigo Moreno clumsily brought down Fabinho.

“What a game, what an opponent, what a performance from both teams. A proper spectacle, I loved that,” said Klopp.

“It is pretty rare you see that many goals in a game and we have left space for improvement in our defending but that is not unusual for a first game,” added the German.

Liverpool are now unbeaten in 60 straight league games at Anfield — the kind of consistency that Mikel Arteta must dream about at Arsenal but the Gunners at least took care of business in West London.

'What a game': Pascal Struijk reacts after Leeds concede a penalty.

‘What a game’: Pascal Struijk reacts after Leeds concede a penalty. Credit:Getty Images

Alexander Lacazette fired the visitors ahead in the eighth minute after poor defending by the home side before new signing Gabriel made it 2-0 in the 49th and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the icing on the cake with a superb shot into the top corner.

Crystal Palace forward Zaha scored his 50th league goal for the club as they beat Southampton 1-0 to secure a home victory on the opening day of a Premier League campaign for the first time.

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The hosts went ahead against the run of play as Zaha, who had managed only one goal in his previous 21 games, met Andros Townsend’s pin-point cross from the right with a side-footed volley past goalkeeper Alex McCarthy in the 13th minute.

Southampton defender Kyle Walker-Peters was shown a straight red for a high challenge before referee Jon Moss changed it to a yellow following the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

In Saturday’s late game, new signings Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick both got on the scoresheet for Newcastle United as they won 2-0 away to West Ham United.

Hendrick set Wilson up for the opening goal in the 56th minute with a clever flick before thumping home a shot shortly before full-time to secure all three points.

On Sunday, Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur take on Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton, while West Bromwich Albion take on 2016 champions Leicester City in the day’s early kick-off.

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Flying pharmacist donates plane, air time to Angel Flights for remote Queensland patients



For the first time in two years the Fraser Coast in Queensland will have an Angel Flight service, thanks to a former skydive pilot-turned-pharmacist.

Mark McMurtrie will take Mondays off from running his River Heads pharmacy to volunteer his plane and flying time.

He said Angel Flight pilots take patients in rural and remote areas to non-urgent medical appointments, but Hervey Bay had not had the service for two years due to a lack of pilots.

“Some of them (patients) miss appointments due to the cost or time factor,” he said.

The service is different to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which provides emergency transfers.

Mr McMurtrie said he was excited to put his former career in aviation to use for a good cause.

“I used to be a skydive pilot years ago here and, look, any opportunity and any excuse to go flying, I’ll take it,” he said.

Passion for flying and people

Mr McMurtrie’s love of aviation started in the Air Force cadets and he started flying at 16, which “led on to a pilot’s licence and commercial licence”, he said.

But he soon found another calling with a strong family connection to medicine leading him to pharmacology.

“In high school, I was trying to do work experience in the RFDS but the insurance didn’t cover it, so the guidance councillor said, ‘Why don’t you try going into pharmacy?’ so I did and the rest is history.”

He said he was determined to help provide better health care for people living in regional and remote areas, and he hoped the community in turn would also show their support.

“Support these Australian-run charities that are doing great work for all Australians.

“You never know if your family or yourself may need these in future and if you can’t donate financially, then stick your hand up to be a volunteer and give some time.”



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Air New Zealand swings to $NZ454m loss but domestic flying bounces back


Air New Zealand has swung to a $NZ454 million ($416 million) net loss in the year to June 30 after being crushed by travel restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The loss, which comes after a $NZ276 million profit a year earlier, included a $NZ338 million write-down to the value of the airline’s long-haul Boeing 777 fleet, which will remain grounded for the foreseeable future.

Air New Zealand has swung to a loss due to the coronavirus pandemic.Credit:Bloomberg

“It is clear that COVID-19 is unlike any other crisis the aviation industry has experienced,” Air New Zealand’s chief executive officer Greg Foran said in a statement.

The airline reported an underlying loss before significant items and tax of $NZ87 million, compared to a profit of $NZ387 million in the prior year, reflecting a 74 per cent drop in passenger revenue from April to the end of June.



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American Airlines touts a new tool to combat COVID. But does it really make flying safer?


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American Airlines announced federal approval of a new disinfectant that the airline says it will use on some flights to improve protection against surface transmission of the coronavirus. The product will be integrated into what American calls its Clean Commitment, an effort to keep its planes safe enough to draw back travelers.

But the evolving science on COVID-19 points to ongoing uncertainty about whether it’s safe to fly—and about the airline industry’s broader prospects.

The new approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is for a product called SurfaceWise2, produced by Dallas-based Allied BioScience. The disinfectant will be applied using electrostatic sprayers, which add an electromagnetic charge to particles of cleaner, making them better adhere to surfaces. Electrostatic disinfectant spraying is already widely used by airlines, including American competitors Southwest and Delta.

The key difference is that SurfaceWise2 is effective for up to a week with a single application. That may be as much of a boon to labor efficiency as safety. Existing disinfectant sprays are similarly effective, but are applied by airline staff after every flight.

Founded in 2005 and privately held, Texas-based Allied secured a large new investment in April premised on its work on anti-COVID products. According to Allied, the new EPA approval makes SurfaceWise2 the only coating approved for long-term continuous disinfection of COVID-19. Its effectiveness has also been supported in independent lab tests.

But the EPA approval, issued on an emergency exemption basis, is quite limited. For one year, the product can be used by American Airlines flights that pass through airports in Texas, and by two physical therapy clinics operated in Texas by Total Orthopedics Sports & Spine. Speaking to the press today, EPA chief Andrew Wheeler said other entities that want to use the product may apply separately for an emergency exemption via their state authorities. Allied BioScience told CNBC it will pursue broader approval that would make its disinfectant more easily available.

More effective disinfection on planes should reduce the transmission of coronavirus via surfaces, such as armrests, where virus left behind by an infected person can stay alive for hours. The World Health Organization warns that COVID-19 can cause an infection if it’s carried from surfaces to the eyes, nose, or mouth.

The bigger risk: The air you breathe

Better surface disinfection, however, increasingly pales next to worries about air quality on passenger flights. There is now strong scientific consensus that COVID-19 is primarily spread by direct social contact, with surface transmission playing a smaller role. And there is increasing evidence that micro-droplets exhaled by infected individuals can remain airborne and infectious for hours.

That is particularly worrying in the case of airliners, in which many passengers are confined in a small space. Restaurants, offices, and other businesses have been severely curtailed during the pandemic because gathering people in closed spaces increases the risk of infection.

Despite appearances, most airliners are considerably safer than eating indoors in a restaurant. American says that on all planes in its fleet, air is either replaced with outside air, or scrubbed using hospital-grade HEPA filtration, every two-to-four minutes. That’s nearly twice the average replacement rate in an office building. Additionally, air is recycled only within horizontal ‘zones,’ reducing spread along the length of a plane. American says these features have been standard since the late 1990s.

Nonetheless, there is clear evidence of airborne transmission risk on passenger flights. A 2003 study of the transmission of the SARS coronavirus on a passenger plane found that a single symptomatic person spread the virus throughout the cabin of the plane, infecting as many as 22 others. More recently, a study of COVID-19 transmission on a March 2020 international flight found possible transmission at a distance of up to two rows.

All major U.S. carriers now require masks, which reduce the distance exhalations spread. But American has rolled back one of the most significant measures to control the spread of COVID: since July 1, it has not blocked off seats to maintain greater social distancing during flights. United and Spirit airlines have also rolled back those policies, despite evidence that they are very effective at reducing transmission risk. Delta and Southwest, by contrast, have said they will continue blocking seats until at least the end of September.

Continued uncertainty about safety has become an existential threat for individual airlines, and is expected to upend the airline industry as we know it. S&P Global has estimated air travel demand will be down 55% for 2020, and won’t recover until 2024.

Those declines have triggered huge cuts across the industry. One running tally lists more than 20 airline bankruptcies globally so far this year. And major U.S. carriers have been forced to reduce service. Last week, American announced it will cut service to 15 U.S. cities, and has signaled that more cuts could be coming.

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For Climate’s Sake, Leave Flying to the Birds


Well here we go again. Flying off into the planet-destroying cycle of increased carbon emissions cheered on by the aviation industry.

Jacinda Ardern said it so well when she was defending the NZ Government’s decision to keep borders closed until it was safe. We could so easily do the same in Tasmania. We are vulnerable to imported diseases and viruses. Even without the threat of COVID-19 our border controls have seen threats to our food crops, and our animals. We have been able to resist some, but some have slipped through quarantine. Blueberry rust, for example, has been introduced into the State and put at risk the hope of an organic blueberry industry.

So why are we trotting off to the abattoir of COVID-19 just to keep aircraft in the skies? Read Jacinda’s words again. Tourists used to flock to Tasmania just to remind themselves what has, and is, being lost in other states and other countries. Fresh water, clean air, forests, catching fish in rivers, lakes and the ocean. Food that tastes so good because it is not poisoned to tastelessness. It led Tasmania to an over expansion of tourist resources in the belief that this business plan could last forever.

COVID-19 has shown that this belief is false. It took only a few weeks to stop many occupations completely, and, if we examine what these were, perhaps we get some kind of a hint about what kind of occupations we really need to reduce in size. Aviation has been reduced to a shell of its former self because this was the most vulnerable industry, without considering the danger of flying infection to the airports. Anything transporting people across jurisdictions was also dramatically reduced. Even our government was reduced in size.

But it didn’t stop everything. Electronics stepped in to enable communications – not as well as fibre to the home would have done – but fairly well.

This meant that many people, even teachers, could work from home and, according to the latest polls, a majority of them don’t want to go back. Financial assistance and social support showed that we could manage with much, much less.

Climate change will also challenge our belief that the world as we know it can last forever. Storms, heat, floods, drought and continual drying of the atmosphere means that both the environment and the possibility of hazard free travel will not continue it the present forms. If the government listened to the science during COVID-19, and then continued to listen to it, perhaps it could extend the range of its attention to what the science says about rising carbon emissions.

What we are being asked to do is simple – to exchange one form of energy production, carbon based fuels, with renewable energy. Because our economic system is based on carbon energy it is a big challenge, but every moment we avoid making this change, and continue to push carbon into the atmosphere, brings us closer to a climate Armageddon.

Transport emissions fell this year with aviation fleets grounded.

COVID-19 has shown us a way to begin. We need a moratorium on aviation until there is an environmental alternative. Aviation produces over 2% of world carbon emissions, and up to 8% of global heating. During the COVID-19 in March and April alone, aviation emissions globally were reduced by approximately 10.3 Mt CO2. We need to quickly reduce the use and manufacture of internal combustion engines (ICE vehicles).

During COVID-19, global daily emissions from transport as a whole reduced by “declined on average between January to April by 8.6 % compared to the same period last year” because trucks, cars and other forms of transport stopped.

We buy over a billion dollars of petroleum each year in Tasmania which could be spent on making our houses more heat resilient, or changing our transport system to electric. In addition, we need to reduce our consumption of unnecessary goods and take part in producing our own food to make us safe from overseas restrictions.

Scientists are telling us that we must flatten the carbon dioxide curve and begin to turn it downwards by the end of this year, 2020. We have already lost the chance to keep our emissions below 1.5 degrees C as we promised to do in Paris. This is our small moment in time to show that we are capable of the challenge to keep the global temperature below 2 degrees C.

Let’s ditch the hype, and the market -iven need to keep travelling, and keep our eyes firmly fixed on saving what we can of the Earth, as soon as we possibly can. Let our Minister for Climate Change know that he can’t welcome business as usual and still protect the environment.


Helen Hutchinson was born on the big island to our north, wholly educated to post graduate level in Tasmania, converted to climate activism by Bob Brown in 1983, and presently trying, in as many ways as possible, to arrest our planet’s headlong rush to climate disaster.

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John de Jesus delivers on point flying knee, video


MMA fighters aren’t built like normal human beings. They’re as tough as a coffin nail and on Saturday we were given another example.

The fighters took to the cage for Bellator 244 inside the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

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In the third fight of the night on the preliminary card, John de Jesus got the better of Vladyslav Parubchenko in a fight that went the distance.

But how it made it through until the end of the third round beggars belief after this shot landed flush on the head of his opponent.

As the two fighters circled the middle of the cage, de Jesus launched upwards as Parubchenko dropped down. The result was a flying knee that smashed into the face of Parubchenko.

Somehow he not only remained standing but the fight kept going before de Jesus had his hand raised with the unanimous decision victory.

BELLATOR 244 CARD + RESULTS

Ryan Bader vs. Vadim Nemkov

Julia Budd vs. Jessy Miele

Valentin Moldavsky def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

John Salter defeated Andrew Kapel via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:11 of RD3

Yaroslav Amosov defeated Mark Lemminger via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of RD1

Sidney Outlaw defeated Adam Piccolotti via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)

Joshua Hill defeated Erik Perez via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)

Weber Almeida defeated Salim Mukhidinov via KO (punches) at 3:57 of RD1

John de Jesus defeated Vladyslav Parubchenko via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)

Chris Gonzalez defeated Vladimir Tokov via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Lucas Brennan defeated Will Smith via TKO (punches) at 4:14 of RD2



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Bellator 244: John de Jesus delivers on point flying knee, video


MMA fighters aren’t built like normal human beings. They’re as tough as a coffin nail and on Saturday we were given another example.

The fighters took to the cage for Bellator 244 inside the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Watch UFC action with ESPN on KAYO. Stream full Fight Night events live plus prelim fights for PPV events. New to Kayo? Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly

In the third fight of the night on the preliminary card, John de Jesus got the better of Vladyslav Parubchenko in a fight that went the distance.

But how it made it through until the end of the third round beggars belief after this shot landed flush on the head of his opponent.

As the two fighters circled the middle of the cage, de Jesus launched upwards as Parubchenko dropped down. The result was a flying knee that smashed into the face of Parubchenko.

Somehow he not only remained standing but the fight kept going before de Jesus had his hand raised with the unanimous decision victory.

BELLATOR 244 CARD + RESULTS

Ryan Bader vs. Vadim Nemkov

Julia Budd vs. Jessy Miele

Valentin Moldavsky def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

John Salter defeated Andrew Kapel via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:11 of RD3

Yaroslav Amosov defeated Mark Lemminger via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of RD1

Sidney Outlaw defeated Adam Piccolotti via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)

Joshua Hill defeated Erik Perez via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)

Weber Almeida defeated Salim Mukhidinov via KO (punches) at 3:57 of RD1

John de Jesus defeated Vladyslav Parubchenko via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)

Chris Gonzalez defeated Vladimir Tokov via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Lucas Brennan defeated Will Smith via TKO (punches) at 4:14 of RD2

UFC: Stipe Miocic has retained the Heavyweight Championship with a win over Daniel Cormier.

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Queensland man who tested positive to coronavirus after flying from Afghanistan ‘did everything he should have done’


Queensland authorities have revealed they gave permission for a man returning from overseas to catch a commercial flight back into the state, with police now finalising an investigation into the process.

The man in his 20s, had been working for the Australian Government in Afghanistan and returned to Queensland, via Sydney, last week, to quarantine at home.

The exemption to bypass hotel quarantine is allowed for diplomatic and consular officials, but the Queensland man was a security contractor.

A police investigation that was launched yesterday to investigate the validity of documents used by the man to re-enter the state has now been finalised with authorities saying he had done nothing wrong.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young also revealed it was Queensland authorities who had given the man permission to travel back to the Sunshine State on a commercial Jetstar flight, and drive to his Toowoomba home.

A public health alert for the flight had to be issued after the man tested positive for COVID-19.

“That individual did everything they should have done,” Dr Young said.

“New South Wales Health approached Queensland and we said, ‘yes, it did meet that exemption’, so we would allow that person to travel as per the exemption.

The man returned to Australia using his personal passport.(Supplied)

“The only concern I had is that when we agreed all these exemptions, we said when people went onto a domestic plane that the planes would seat them with no one else around them.

“That unfortunately didn’t occur because the plane was packed.”

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk previously said the man was given an exemption under national guidelines.

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However, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said last night the man had not been eligible for an exemption and that none had been granted.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade did not support an exemption application from this individual, and was unaware that it had been sought or granted,” DFAT said in a statement.

The Australian Embassy in Kabul wrote a letter confirming that the man was “travelling on essential Australian Government business”.

This was in order to facilitate his travel between Afghanistan and Australia, not to assist with quarantine exemption applications.

Last night, the Premier announced Queensland would tighten the exemptions process for returning overseas travellers, and it would only be granted in extremely extenuating circumstances, in line with current arrangements for anyone entering the state from overseas or a hotspot.

Meanwhile, three Logan men who were charged yesterday for allegedly lying about being in Melbourne, have tested negative for coronavirus.

A 29-year-old Slacks Creek man, a 25-year-old man from Loganlea and a 23-year-old Waterford man crossed the border at Coolangatta on Sunday, and allegedly denied having been in a coronavirus danger zone, when they re-entered the state.

The trio will undergo further testing.



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Calls grow for domestic travellers flying from Victoria to NSW to undergo mandatory hotel quarantine

NSW Labor chief Jodi McKay has urged Premier Gladys Berejiklian to utilize a lot more stringent quarantine measures for domestic air travellers entering the state from Victoria. 

Melbourne inhabitants are now topic to stage 4 limitations more than the up coming 6 weeks to travel down COVID-19 case numbers, specially individuals which are not able to be traced again to an outbreak. 

Ms McKay claimed the high caseload in Victoria necessitates the exact same mandatory quarantine restrictions that implement to abroad returned travellers to implement to domestic air travellers from Victoria. 

“We want mandatory quarantine for each individual one man or woman coming in from Victoria for the future six months though Victoria is in lockdown.” 

Of the 17 flights detailed for arrival at Sydney Airport from Melbourne on Tuesday, 14 have been cancelled.

Amongst 12 May and 21 July, 5 flights landing in Sydney – from Melbourne and Brisbane – were being identified as owning optimistic COVID-19 circumstances on board, while the the greater part of optimistic situations have been located on intercontinental flights. 

Overseas arrivals in Sydney have been capped at 350 passengers for every working day from 20 July to “shield our point out from COVID-19”, Ms Berejiklian claimed.

‘Restrictions not utilized to air borders’

Ms McKay said additional requirements to be finished to include the risk of the virus spreading from Victoria. 

“We have a condition in New South Wales in which the land borders have been shut, but the same limits have not been used to our air borders.

“We are seeing flights arrive in on a day-to-day basis. There are hundreds of persons coming into Victoria from New South Wales who we believe in are isolating in their homes for two months.”

Inspite of the NSW-Victoria border closure, which came into impact on 7 July, domestic flights continue on to run amongst Victoria and New South Wales “to permit people with exemptions and returning NSW people to travel”, Sydney Airport reported.

The border closure suggests these trying to get to enter NSW from Victoria should undergo 14 days of obligatory self-isolation. Only those who meet the particular standards for exemptions can utilize for a border entry allow by way of Support NSW. 

Upon arrival at Sydney Airport, travellers are achieved by NSW Law enforcement officers and NSW Wellness employees to advise them of the general public well being order need to straight away go into required self-isolation. Breach of this necessity appeals to an $11,000 good and 6 months jail time. 

Ms Berejiklian has claimed she is considering applying further limits to the land border amongst New South Wales and Victoria. 

Ms McKay urged Ms Berejiklian to go speedily to prevent “one more Ruby Princess”.

“That is what is at stake in this article in NSW. Let us not sleepwalk into disaster. And that is my worry due to the fact the Leading will not act.” 

The Ruby Princess ship has been joined to 22 deaths and nearly 700 coronavirus instances nationwide, just after it docked in Sydney on 19 March. 

‘NSW is on a precipice’

Former Australian Clinical Affiliation president Dr Kerryn Phelps stated there is a major health and fitness situation to shutting the air border with Victoria.

“We do not know how quite a few men and women are truly performing the self-isolating when they get there,” she informed the ABC’s Q+A show on Monday.

“We know there are hundreds of lively scenarios in Victoria, there could be up to 10 situations as a lot of folks who are contaminated who don’t know it and we’re just permitting folks get on planes with out having a take a look at prior to they get on the airplane, arriving in Sydney and dispersing into the neighborhood.

“NSW is on a precipice and unless we acquire it severely and basically have an efficient shut border, we are likely to see leakage of these circumstances from Victoria about to NSW.”

But Australia’s deputy chief medical officer Dr Nick Coatsworth explained he believes the steps in location are adequate to cut down the threat of the virus spreading amongst Victoria and New South Wales.

“Delivered these people (coming from Melbourne flights) remain in house quarantine then that possibility is mitigated,” he instructed Channel Nine’s These days display.

Airport arrivals prompt concerns from NSW Taxi Council

The chief executive officer of the NSW Taxi Council, Martin Rogers, explained he had issues about the danger to more mature taxi drivers who are allowed to transportation air travellers from Sydney Airport to their desired destination for self-isolation. 

“We are on the lookout at taking assistance from … NSW Overall health about what it signifies to express a passenger safely,” he advised Sydney radio station 2GB. 

Mr Rogers mentioned tax drivers are in tough place since it is illegal for them to refuse a fare. 

“We would like to see passengers consider their isolation begins at Melbourne Airport. They are putting on a mask at the airport, they must maintain putting on that mask [until they reach their place of self-isolation],” he claimed.

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Office regulator SafeWork Australia and NSW Wellness suggest taxi drivers to adopt COVID-safe and sound measures this sort of as asking passengers to sit in the back seat of the car, manage their own baggage exactly where doable and use contactless payments. 

NSW recorded 12 new instances on Tuesday, together with 3 household circumstances obtained in Victoria. 

Folks in Australia ought to stay at the very least 1.5 metres away from other folks. Check your state’s constraints on accumulating restrictions.

If you are dealing with chilly or flu indications, continue to be home and organize a test by calling your doctor or call the Coronavirus Wellness Data Hotline on 1800 020 080.

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