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Taking into account of the additional positive COVID 19 cases in Victoria, NSW Health yesterday extended its rule for stay-at-home for people in NSW who have visited Victoria since 4pm on Thursday 27 May for a further seven days. These measures reflect Victoria’s restrictions and will be reviewed by NSW Health on 10 June.

This means that anyone in NSW who has been in Victoria, including regional Victoria, after 4pm on Thursday 27 May must continue to follow stay-at-home directions for 14 days, or until the order is lifted.  This is to minimise the risk of the Victorian outbreak also spreading north of the border.

Those living at the state border will be exempt from the stay-at-home order, provided they haven’t been outside the region since 4pm on May 27.

NSW Premier, Ms Gladys Berejiklian said in a media briefing on Wednesday that she wouldn’t criticise Victoria for its handling of the recent outbreak.  She said: "I’m not going to comment on what’s already a difficult situation,” when she was asked whether NSW would have handled the situaiton differently. 

She added:

“Every state has managed the pandemic differently. It’s not for me to comment on what other states do; my focus is NSW.

“It’s a statement of fact that every state chose to deal with a pandemic in a different way.”

NSW recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and no new overseas-acquired cases in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

In the meantime, in the Media Briefing after the National Cabinet meeting today, June 4, the Prime Minister Mr Scott Morrison announced that:

*Victoria and the government have agreed to fund and build a new purpose built quarantine facility.

*The states will take care of business support and the federal government will do income support, when there are extended (more than seven days) lockdowns.

*The vaccine roll out program is being ‘scaled up’  with the major general who was in charge of operation sovereign borders now in charge of the roll out logistics.

*The government will start rolling out the vaccine program, nationally, to 40-49 year olds from June 8.

*There is an ‘in-principle’ agreement to make the covid vaccination compulsory for aged care workers.

 

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