South Australia has limited the movements of cross-border community members after the confirmation of a case of COVID–19 in Mildura, in north-west Victoria.
- A COVID–19 case was detected in Mildura on Saturday
- SA has reduced the border bubble zone with Victoria to 40km
- People have been urged to reduce travel to and from the Riverland
From midnight, the Victorian cross-border bubble has been reduced from 70 kilometres to 40km, with residents only allowed into SA for work, study, care, essential shopping or getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
They must get regularly tested for COVID-19 and wear face masks in public.
Anyone in SA who has been in Mildura since July 11 has been ordered into 14 days’ quarantine.
SA Police said only essential travellers would be allowed to cross back and forth from Broken Hill, with Wentworth removed from the bubble.
Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier pointed out Mildura was only 100km from the South Australian border, in the Riverland, and there were lots of connections across the Victorian border.
“There could obviously be quite a lot and there’s a lot of traffic between Renmark and Mildura and it’s a very busy agricultural area as well,” she said.
Call for less travel to Riverland
People have also been urged to limit their travel in and out of SA’s Riverland, with those do make that trip urged to get tested.
“We are putting messaging out to people living in the Riverland [on] our side of the border that we would like them to reduce their movement in and out of that area, and if there is no reason for other South Australians to be going into the Riverland, to just try and reduce any non-essential travel there at the moment,” Professor Spurrier said.
South Australia recorded no new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, leaving 13 active cases in the state.
Professor Spurrier yesterday said 438 people now in South Australia had told SA Health they had been at an exposure site in Victoria and would need to self-quarantine, along with 49 people who had been on Phillip Island.
The state closed its borders to travel from Victoria on Saturday, with returning South Australians having to quarantine for 14 days.
“I think really need to be very aware of the situation in NSW and now in Victoria and it’s pretty fast moving and things are evolving and the Delta variant is acting quite different to the Wuhan strain that we experienced last year and it is moving more quickly,” Professor Spurrier said.
Reducing restrictions on travel from south-east Queensland would be reviewed towards the end of the week, she said, however bans on singing and dancing would likely continue longer.