cam747 wrote:timtam wrote:The dangers of opening the borders were highlighted yesterday with the first Covid-19 case in SA in almost a month - an overseas traveller.
A person who is not a resident of South Australia (or Australia), flew into Victoria from the UK and was supposed to spend 14 days in quarantine. She spent less than 7 days in quarantine in Victoria and was given an exemption from the full quarantine on compassionate grounds and flew into Adelaide on Sunday. Was tested upon arrival at the airport and the test result came back yesterday - positive.
So she is back into quarantine along with another 19 people who she came into close contact with her. Anyone that was on the plane with her on Sunday and everyone that was involved in her trip are unlikely to be pleased that a person was given an exemption and quite a few of them are in a 14 day lockdown. Whilst this is said from a position of ignorance - you could ask questions about the honesty of some individuals who seem willing to take risks.
All it will take is a new cluster and a lot of the good work of millions of people for 2 months is undone and restrictions return.
Keeping the borders closed means the individual states can open up within their borders. Opening the borders puts that all at risk.
There is no suggestion by any of the authorities that the individual in question has been dishonest. Your summary of the situation leaves off a couple of important points:
- She was in contact with the Authorities and followed their instruction the whole time.
- She had no symptoms until after her positive test in Adelaide.
- She was tested in Melbourne before her flight to Adelaide, and her test came back negative.
- She was granted an exemption to come to SA after spending 7 days in quarantine in Melbourne (and returning a negative test), as her dying father's health was deteriorating rapidly.
In relation to State Border closures, which directly affects aviation, if we can't open the state borders now, then when? Even the most positive epidemiologists say an effective vaccination is 12m away, if ever. The economic damage, especially to tourism & aviation for having the borders closed for much longer will be insurmountable. As long as there is good contact tracing happening, which there seems to be, then I can't see how keeping state borders closed can be justified.
In addition to what Cam said above, the opening of State Borders has got to be about risk assessment based on Science not about the Politics of having zero cases. Realistically what this highlights is the fact that if you are an Overseas traveller coming into Australia there are NO circumstances, not a single one, under which you should be released from Quarantine before your 14 days are up. We already know that Covid19 can take a while to emerge in someone so the lesson here is not that keeping State Borders closed is correct, it is that people that are in Quarantine need to stay there. I'd also point out that this person was given permission to enter South Australia by the SA Government who would have been fully aware of the risks.