Australia’s progress against coronavirus is in stark contrast with large swathes of the globe as six new cases were recorded across the nation on Saturday.
South Australia confirmed four cases in overseas travellers who all in quarantine, while Western Australia confirmed one in a child traveller.
New South Wales recorded one locally acquired case – a teenager who attended an indoor trampoline park at the same time as a known case.
The teen is also a student at Cabramatta High School, which is closed for deep cleaning over the weekend.
Australia’s progress against coronavirus is in stark contrast with large swathes of the globe as six new cases have been recorded across the nation (pictured, Angus & Bon in Mebourne reopening after lockdown on Wednesday)
Victoria recorded a single but potentially ‘false positive’ case and Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton later announced an expert panel confirmed it was a negative case
As Australia enjoys relative normality despite the coronavirus pandemic raging overseas, punters on Saturday in Sydney (pictured) enjoyed the Rosehill Races with a day of revelry
Victoria recorded a single but potentially ‘false positive’ case, and Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton later announced an expert panel confirmed it was a negative case.
‘So that’s a donut day,’ he tweeted, in reference to the state’s comparison of the shape of donuts to zero case days.
It is the third zero-case day in Victoria in a week, after the state suffered a horror second wave with 819 of the country’s total 907 deaths related to the virus.
The encouraging figures are a huge contrast with the situation overseas.
Australia closed its international borders on March 20, allowing it to cut itself off from coronavirus-hit nations and emerge relatively unscathed.
Meanwhile the United States reached a grim milestone, with more than 100,000 cases reported in a single day, while on Friday the United Kingdom reported 24,405 new cases.
France on Friday reported 49,215 new confirmed cases and Russia recorded 18,283.
Progress Down Under has resulted in Western Australia’s long-awaited border reopening, which paves the way for mostly free travel between states by mid-November.
Patrons crowded at bars around Melbourne on Saturday (pictured) after the city’s gruelling lockdownw as finally eased on Wednesday
Outdoor diners are seen having lunch at the Botanic Gardens on the first weekend of freedom in Melbourne (pictured)
WA’s hard border restrictions will be removed from November 14, with interstate travellers no longer required to hold exemptions.
For the past six months, the only people allowed into WA have been required workers and those granted limited exemptions on compassionate grounds.
Under the new regime, anyone will be let in so long as they complete a G2G application and adhere to health requirements.
People who have been in NSW and Victoria in the preceding 14 days will be required to enter self-quarantine at a suitable premises and undertake COVID tests.
Arrivals from all other states and territories – deemed ‘very low risk’ jurisdictions – will not be required to quarantine but must undergo health screening, a temperature check and prove they haven’t recently been in NSW or Victoria.
In similar scenes to the first wave in March, people in United Kingdom were seen stocking up on toilet roll as they prepared for a new lockdown (pictured, a shopper at Costco, Manchester)
‘The time is right, the conditions are right, and I’m very confident our control border arrangements strike the right balance,’ WA Premier Mark McGowan said on Friday.
His health minister Roger Cook on Saturday defended the cautious reopening saying despite ‘a lot of tension’ about his state’s border rules the government would not hesitate to revert to a hard border if the health advice changes.
WA’s requirement for arrivals from NSW and Victoria to quarantine will be removed once those states go 28 days with no community spread, as all other jurisdictions have achieved.
And as Queenslanders await election results on Saturday, that state’s travel restrictions will ease from 1am on Tuesday, with the border open to everyone but those in Greater Sydney and Victoria.
But NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that isn’t good enough and there is no reason Sydneysiders shouldn’t be able to travel to Queensland now.
She said the lengths Queensland and WA have gone to is hurting families, individuals and businesses.
This is in stark contrast to countries such as the UK, which is soon entering its second lockdown. The UK (pictured) eported 24,405 new cases of COVID-19 and 274 deaths within 28 days of a positive test on Friday
‘It’s extremely unfair and lacks logic and common sense to continue to lump NSW with Victoria – our states have taken very different paths,’ she said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged states not to remain ‘stuck in neutral’ as case numbers are driven down.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed he is considering imposing a national lockdown as early as Wednesday.
The lockdown could possible go on until December 1.
America faced its worst week since the start of the pandemic as the country heads into the voting booth on November 3.
A total of 500,000 people were diagnosed with COVID-19 in one week for the first time ever.
America faced its worst week since the start of the pandemic as the country heads into the voting booths for the presidential election on November 3 (pictured, shopping street in Boston)
Scientists are particularly concerned about the midwest, which includes states such Illinois, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio.
France has had a steady climb in cases since September, but after 33,000 cases were confirmed President Emmanuel Macron declared a lockdown until mid-November.
People are only allowed to leave their home for medical reasons or essential business under these rules.
Greece has also been forced to usher in partial lockdown after a spike of cases since the middle of October.
Businesses such as theatres, museums and hospitality businesses will also be asked to close.
AUSTRALIA’S BORDER RESTRICTIONS:
NEW SOUTH WALES: Exemption required if coming from Victoria. All other states allowed
VICTORIA: No restrictions, but not allowed into most states
QUEENSLAND: Exemption required if coming from Victoria or Greater Sydney. Open to regional NSW from November 3. All other states allowed.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Exemption required if coming from Victoria. Open to all other states
TASMANIA: Will open to NSW on November 2. Exemption required if coming from Victoria. Other states are allowed.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: From November 14 everyone allowed but residents from NSW and Victoria must self-quarantine
ACT: Exemption required if coming from Victoria. All others are allowed.
NORTHERN TERRITORY: Victorians must quarantine at their own expense. All others are allowed.
AUSTRALIA: Only people who have been in New Zealand for 14 days can enter without hotel quarantine. Australians and permanent residents must quarantine in hotels. Other foreign nationals are only permitted in exceptional circumstances.