World news – Temperature check for Victorians arriving in Ballina


UPDATE 3:50 p.m .: Passengers arriving at Ballina Byron Gateway Airport will continue to have their temperature checked by health officials.

Ballina Shire Mayor David Wright said there had been no concerns about the coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne but the council would continue to follow all health instructions and directions.

He said the Northern NSW Health District (NNSWHD) had been monitoring the situation and began checking the temperatures of passengers arriving from Melbourne since news of the outbreak began last week.

According to Cr Wright, the council took the health of travelers who came to the area « seriously » and even paid health workers to keep monitoring passengers when NNSWHD postponed its testing in early January.

Wayne Jones, CEO of NNSWLHD, said anyone arriving at Ballina Airport from a local area like Melbourne will undergo COVID-19 screening once they land.
« We have been at Ballina Airport for two weeks, » he said.
« The police are there too. »

NSW’s borders remain open to Victorians, but airlines are expected to provide more information on the future of their Ballina-Melbourne connections today.

Original: There are still flights to Melbourne planned to land at Ballina Byron Gateway Airport this weekend after it was announced that Victoria will be closed.

The five-day lockdown, which begins at midnight, was announced shortly after 1pm today by Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews.

Mr Andrews said the level 4 lockdown would hopefully act as a « breaker » to prevent the UK strain of coronavirus from spreading.

The airport arrivals board states that a Jetstar flight landed shortly before 2pm from Melbourne today. Another is to land tomorrow afternoon – after the embargo begins.


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