After a coronavirus spike in Melbourne, The State of Victoria will close its border from midnight on Tuesday, to protect the neighbouring state of New South Wales. The Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews said:
[The closure] is the result of a phone hook-up between the prime minister and the premier of New South Wales and myself just an hour or so ago, where we have – all of us – agreed that the best thing to do is to close the border,” Andrews said on Monday morning. That closure will be enforced on the New South Wales side, so as not to be a drain on resources that are very much focused on fighting the virus right now across our state. I am grateful to the premier of NSW for her support in giving effect to that.
There will be a permit system for those who need unavoidable travel over the border.
With the infection rate 5 times higher in England than in Scotland and up to 35 areas on the edge of requiring local lock-downs, the same kind of neighbourliness seems appropriate here.
To avoid ill-informed and confused hostility, the UK PM should do a conference call with the FM and leaders in the North of England and agree the closure.
Similarly, so as not to be a drain on resources that are very much focused on fighting the virus right now across England, Police Scotland should enforce the closure.
Victoria’s total borders are 2 500 miles long with around 70% or 1 700 between it and NSW. The border between England and Scotland is 96 miles.
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