Victoria slams its border with South Australia shut despite the state recording NO new coronavirus cases hours after plunging a million people into the 'world's strictest lockdown'
Victoria has closed its border with South Australia despite the state recording zero new coronavirus cases on the first day of their six-day hard lockdown.
The state was plunged into into one of the world's harshest lockdowns at midnight on Wednesdayto combat a 'particularly sneaky' and 'highly contagious' mutation of COVID-19 in Adelaide's northern suburbs.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the border will shut between the two states for 48 hours from midnight on Thursday.
A permit system will then come in from midnight on Saturday and will be enforced for two weeks.
The only people able to cross the border are freight drivers, or those needing urgent medical attention or for animal welfare.
More details are expected to be released on the permit system which will include agriculture workers, emergency and essential workers, and those seeking urgent supplies.
'It will be in place no longer than it needs to be, we just all have to be as cautious as possible,' Mr Andrews said on Thursday.
'Victorians have worked too hard and given too much to allow anything to put at risk our goal of reaching COVID Normal by Christmas. We'll do whatever it takes to keep Victorians safe.'
Victoria has gone 20 days without any new COVID-19 infections.
Victoria Police will set up checkpoints on roads between the states as part of the 'hard border'.
The closure to South Australia marks the first time Victoria shut its borders to another state since the start of the pandemic.
The Parafield cluster in South Australia increased to 23 confirmed cases on Wednesday. There were no additional infections reported on Thursday morning.
Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said there are an additional 17 suspected cases.
Three coronavirus patients are receiving treatment in hospital and more than 3,200 people identified as close contacts are in quarantine.
There are 35 official active COVID-19 infections across the state.
PremierSteven Marshall stood by his state's lockdown, stating that'time was of the essence'.
'The lessons of surging infections in Victoria and other parts of the world have been learnt,' Mr Marshall said.
'Indecision plays into the hands of this virus.
'COVID-19 is highly infectious, extremely dangerous and very difficult to eradicate once it gets a foothold in a community.
'So we need this circuit-breaker, this breathing space for a contact tracing blitz.'
Mr Marshall said SA contact tracing teams were working around the clock to track down people who may have been infected.
He also praised the thousands of South Australians who flocked to testing stations over the past two days with more than 20,000 swabs taken.
At the centre of the outbreak is theWoodville Pizza Bar, where an infected medi-hotel security guard had a second job making pizzas.
疫情爆发的中心是The Woodville Pizza Bar，一名被感染的Medi酒店保安在那里打了第二份工作，制作披萨。
There is an urgent health alert for diners and residents who ordered takeaway at the restaurant from November 6 to November 16.
The mutation has a very short incubation period of 24 hours or less and SA Health have observed a number of COVID-19 positive patients with little symptoms or none at all.
The lockdown measures to combat the second wave will be among the toughest in the world, along with countries such as Argentina, Israel andVenezuela.
All schools closed along with universities, pubs, cafes, food courts and even takeaway food outlets.
Regional travel is banned and visitors will be locked out of aged care centres and residents are unable to leave.
Factories are shut, along with the construction industry, and elective surgery has been halted.
Weddings and funerals are banned along with all outdoor sport and exercise.
Residents are required to wear masks outside the home.
People are only allowed to leave their homes once each day to buy groceries or to seek medical treatment.
Supermarkets, petrol stations, medical centres, critical infrastructure, public transport, airport and freight services, banks, post offices, school and childcare for essential workers and veterinary services remain open.
With weddings banned as of midnight, SA couples scrambled to tie the knot before the clock struck 12.
David Baldino, 36 and Jessabeau Thompson, 27, rushed to say 'I do' at Adelaide Botanic Gardens on Wednesday, just hours before the new restrictions come into effect.
周三，36岁的大卫·巴尔迪诺(David Baldino)和27岁的杰斯博·汤普森(Jessabeau Thompson)匆忙在阿德莱德植物园(Adelaide Botanic Gardens)说“我愿意”，就在新限制措施生效前几个小时。
The pair were initially going to get married on April 11, but were forced to reschedule for this Saturday due to the first COVID-19 wave.
'We weren't going to rearrange again, we have to move on with the rest of our lives,' Mr Baldino told Adelaide Now before their 7pm emergency ceremony.
'The [ban] still was a shock to us… it's just unbelievable for it to happen twice to us.
'But it is what it is, as long as we're doing our part to keep everyone safe that's the important thing.'
The couple said they will wait for restrictions to be completely eased before holding their wedding reception at the National Wine Centrewith 165 guests.
Meanwhile, a woman and her terminally ill mother had to give up on their bucket list holiday to Queensland after the Sunshine State slammed their borders shut to SA.
Deb Duncan was diagnosed with cancer in 2018, and hoped to go on a final getaway with her daughter Bo.
The pair arrived in Cairns on Sunday morning, only to wake up to a text on Monday from Queensland Health instructing them to quarantine for 14 days.
'Straight away we were in the mode of trying to get home, but how are you supposed to get home if you're supposed to be in quarantine for two weeks?' Ms Duncan told the ABC.
Ms Duncan is desperate to get home before Monday to receive the next dose of a drug for her cancer treatment.
'Mum got a note from her oncologist saying that she had to be returned [home] immediately but we couldn't get hold of anyone to find out what was going on,' Bo Duncan said.
The mother and daughter both tested negative to the virus on Tuesday, but the doctor who took the tests told them to return to their hotel and quarantine.
The Duncans were forced to fork out $4,000 for emergency flights home so Deb can get treatment.
'We had to - if it was any other circumstance we would have stayed here, but mum needs her medication, she needs her treatment,' Bo said.
Some health experts have expressed doubt on whether the short, harsh shutdown will work.
'It's slightly on the short side,'Dean of the School of Health Sciences at Swinburne University Professor Bruce Thompson told Melbourne radio station 3AW.
斯温本大学(Swinburne University)健康科学学院院长布鲁斯·汤普森(Bruce Thompson)教授告诉墨尔本广播电台3AW，这一数字略显不足。
'We know the incubation period is roughly four or five days … however it can be as long as 14 days.'
'If you're only aiming for one incubation period you've sort of lost your margin of error.'
The sudden lockdown has also caused 'turmoil' for the trucking industry by landing hundreds of truck drivers on the Victorian border out of work for at least the next six days.
'The whole trucking industry is in turmoil,' Brian Williamson, managing director of PortHaul, told The Age.
The woodchip mills that the company hauls to must now close, and SA truck drivers who travel into Victoria have been ordered to stay home.
'It's ludicrous. Hundreds of trucks are just going to be parked up. There's no alternative work for these vehicles and their drivers,' he said.
'But it's not just going to be woodchip trucks along the border – imagine how many trucks leave Adelaide for Perth and Sydney and Melbourne every day.'
Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said the six-day period would be followed by another eight days of continuing restrictions.
The outbreak was sparked by a woman who worked as a cleaner in the Peppers Hotel, one of Adelaide's quarantine facilities, who may have picked up the virus from a surface and then infected other family members.
Genetic testing has linked her case back to a traveller who returned from Britain on November 2.