Asia Today: Australian states re-impose travel restrictions

SYDNEY, Australia – More states and territories in Australia are reconsidering travel restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus from new outbreaks in the states of New South Wales and Victoria.

The Australian Capital Territory has shut down non-residents located on Sydney’s north beach, where its prevalence is most concentrated, with Greater Sydney and other smaller centers having discounts unless they have a discount.

The island nation of Tasmania has listed exposure sites that have barred anyone directly connected to the latest Victorian lawsuit where there have been confirmed cases. The move followed Tasmania’s declaration of Greater Sydney and the Olang area south of Sydney as moderate risk areas, requiring segregation for 14 days upon arrival of travelers, while entry to Sydney’s north beaches was prohibited.

The Victoria community reported three new cases on Sunday, less than a decade ago on Saturday. In total, 21 Victorian cases have been found locally in recent days, all associated with outbreaks in New South Wales.

The Victorian border is now closed to all travelers from New South Wales.

New South Wales recorded eight new local cases on Sunday. There are 1 active1 cases in the state, most of them coming out of Sydney’s North Beach and 13 liquor stores that are not connected to the beach bunch.

News that the state is fighting two separate outbreaks in Sydney came into effect at midnight on Sunday, the first day of a mandatory mask ban across Sydney on Thursday.

Such movies will be made compulsory in shopping centers, public transport, places of worship, hair and beauty premises and entertainment centers. All hospitality staff need a wear.

Elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region:

– Officials have tested more than 4.4 million residents of the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang after discovering a new cluster. So far, only one case has been confirmed from the test. Another case was reported in a separate town in Liaoning province. China on Sunday reported a total of eight cases of indigenous infections in northeastern Heilongjiang province, a month-old baby in Beijing and a Hebei province just outside Beijing. Authorities across China are on high alert as new cases continue to emerge. Beijing and Liaoning provinces reorganized two regions as moderate risk where residential compounds were sealed where cases had previously been found. Two universities in Beijing announced on Saturday that the winter break would begin earlier than usual in light of the epidemic situation. Meanwhile, the city of Beijing is also launching mass vaccinations for priority groups. China on Friday approved its first home-made COVID-19 vaccine.


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