Western Australia deems Victoria ‘high-risk’, with tougher testing for interstate truckies

Western Australia deems Victoria ‘high-risk’, with tougher testing for interstate truckies

8:40pm Sep 3, 2021

Western Australia will upgrade Victoria’s classification to high-risk and tighten testing requirements for any truck drivers entering the state.

Premier Mark McGowan confirmed the change to Victoria’s classification will come into effect from midnight Sunday.

He warned anyone wanting to come into Western Australia from Victoria would face tougher entry conditions from next week.

Western Australia will upgrade Victoria’s classification to high-risk and tighten testing requirements for any truck drivers entering the state. (James Worsfold/Getty)”This means people approved to travel into WA from Victoria will have to have proof of a negative COVID test in the 72 hours prior to departure, proof of at least one vaccination dose, use the new G2G now app, and undergo COVID tests on days 2 and 12,” Mr McGowan said.

Mr McGowan said his message to any Western Australians in Victoria who want to come home is “do it now”.

The premier also said tougher testing requirements for truck drivers would come into effect from next week after two COVID-19 positive drivers from NSW made their way into the state.

“From next week, all truckies from high or extreme risk jurisdictions who want to enter WA will have to have returned a negative PCR test undertaken within the prior three days,” he said.

“Truck drivers who have not had a test will not be allowed to enter.”

Western Australia recorded zero new local coronavirus cases overnight.

Health officials confirmed there are currently 10 active cases in the state, two in hotel quarantine – two diagnosed in WA and two cases diagnosed in NSW – and eight crew members from the MV Ken Hou vessel.

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The two NSW truck drivers who were confirmed positive cases on August 27 remain in hotel quarantine and 25 contacts linked to them have returned negative test results and remain in home quarantine.

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