Tuesday, 20 October, 2020

Premier says 55 Kiwis travelled to Victoria

Premier Daniel Andrews Premier Daniel Andrews
Deanna Wagner | 18 October, 2020, 22:07

But speaking during a press conference on Sunday, Andrews said he was given a list by the federal government which said 55 New Zealanders had travelled on to Melbourne.

"So this is gold standard, apparently, according to the Federal Government", he said.

"We are having to find these people".

But many business owners are frustrated that they can not reopen, or that tight restrictions remain in place.

As part of this process, he said one of the people believed to have entered Victoria was actually in Byron Bay in northern NSW.

Andrews said it was "not fair" when Victorians can't freely move around their own state to have people arriving from another country, "without us knowing".

He said his office still was not able to obtain travel cards from the Australian Border Force as to "who these people are and where they have gone".

Yesterday, Andrews said officials had "absolutely no power" to detain the travellers from New Zealand.

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WA Police later revised the number to 23, saying in a statement it "will continue to ensure that all incoming travellers are assessed and where approved entry to WA are directed to appropriate quarantine arrangements and conditions". And that's why this strategy is not about racing to open up (and) running to COVID-normal - it's about safe and steady steps, ' the premier said.

In further good news, outdoor gatherings will increase to ten people from two households - this means you might be able to catch up with those mates that you haven't seen for a while, as restrictions ease.

Tudge asked Andrews to "reveal" the emails that "show, clearly and demonstrably, that they authorised the people to come into Victoria", which would "completely clear this up".

"We further understand from the Age newspaper today that the Premier's own department had in fact given authorisation to individuals who had arrived from New Zealand to Sydney to then travel on to Victoria", Tudge told reporters.

The state reported two new coronavirus cases on Sunday and no deaths, bringing the 14-day average to eight, with 15 cases from an unknown source.

The premier said he wants the issue "fixed" as he did not agree to be part of the COVID-19 bubble arrangement with New Zealand.

"Whatever happened there, I can't change it".

"I don't control the borders, and I don't control what happens at Sydney Airport and I don't think anyone can reasonably expect me to". If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. Check your jurisdiction's restrictions on gathering limits.