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BREAKING: Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein will declare state of emergency today. The Police Commissioner will take operational control, working with Public Health. The Premier also announced ‘the toughest border measures in Australia’. From midnight Friday all non-essential travellers will have to go into compulsory quarantine for 14 days. He recognised it will create disruption, and […]

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BREAKING: Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein will declare state of emergency today. The Police Commissioner will take operational control, working with Public Health.

The Premier also announced ‘the toughest border measures in Australia’. From midnight Friday all non-essential travellers will have to go into compulsory quarantine for 14 days.

He recognised it will create disruption, and asked people to work with governmentt as measures were implemented. ‘Essential travellers’ are health workers and those involved in coronavirus response. The measures will be in place for as long as required.

Premier said he expects people to do the right thing, however there will also be penalties for not complying with quarantine.
“Any Tasmanian can still come home,” he said. “They will obviously need to self-quarantine when they arrive.”

The Health Minister Sarah Courtney confirmed that there were 3 confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, all in southern Tasmania. The two women and one man, all in their 40s, are thought to have brought the disease back from overseas and did not acquire it through contact in Tasmania. The Minister said investigations were being made into their travel and contacts.

“These are very extraordinary times,” she said. “But Tasmanians are resilient. While we do have to isolate physically from each other, it’s important as a community to look after each other.”

Courtney suggested people could phone their neighbour, help an elderly relative, support a small business and in general think about how to help.

“At times like this, our sense of community is absolutely vital.”

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Source: Tasmanian Times https://tasmaniantimes.com/2020/03/state-of-emergency-declared/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=state-of-emergency-declared

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