Western Australia has banned residents of all other states from visiting, even to visit dying family members.
Mark McGowan raised the Northern Territory to ‘extreme risk’, the highest level of Covid warning that bans all arrivals even for compassionate reasons.
The NT was the only state not yet set to extreme, being only ‘high risk’, meaning the entire country is now banned except for a few exceptions.
An increase to case numbers in the NT prompted a tightening of border restrictions after the territory recorded 594 infections on Monday.
The new rules will come into effect by midnight on Wednesday, meaning every state and territory in the country is now barred from entering WA.
Currently, only government officials, defence force personnel and diplomats are allowed to travel into the state.
An exemption for travel could be granted under ‘specialist or extraordinary circumstances’ if approved by the state’s police commissioner or chief health officer.
More to come.
Source: Daily Mail