Hundreds of South Australians have fled to Sydney, escaping the state’s strict lockdown by a matter of hours.
Nine planes were scheduled to touch down at Sydney Airport on Wednesday ahead of South Australia‘s six-day hard lockdown from midnight tonight.
Passengers will not be required to undergo any form of hotel quarantine despite the state being considered a Covid-19 hotspot.
But health authorities have introduced extra screening measures for new arrivals, with passengers required to undergo temperature checks after touching down.
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Hundreds of South Australians have fled to Sydney, escaping the state’s strict lockdown by a matter of hours (Pictured: a group of passengers arrive at Sydney on Wednesday from Adelaide)
Passengers will not be required to undergo any form of hotel quarantine despite the state being considered a COVID-19 hot spot (Pictured: a woman collects her luggage at Sydney airport on Wednesday)
One of the passengers aboard a nearly full Virgin flight on Wednesday was New South Wales resident Ruben Gurie.
He was fortunately able to book a last minute flight back home after predicting a potential border closure.
‘I was seriously concerned they would shut the borders so I had to get an earlier flight into NSW,’ Mr Gurie told 9News.
‘I live in NSW so I had to get back… I am seriously glad to be home.’
Others like Daniel Kirkbride and his partner Sky Solomons-Foat touched down for a two week break in Sydney.
New South Wales and Victoria are keeping their borders open to South Australia despite concerns around the latest coronavirus outbreak (Pictured: a passenger from Adelaide waits at the baggage carousel at Sydney airport on Wednesday)
Nine planes were scheduled to touch down at Sydney Airport on Wednesday ahead of South Australia’s six-day hard lockdown (Pictured: Qantas flight QF734 from Adelaide to Sydney lands at Kingsford Smith Airport)
In-bound passengers from Adelaide are seen embracing as they collect their luggage at Sydney Domestic Terminal on Wednesday
‘We just came for a holiday and luckily we booked Sydney instead of Gold Coast … so thanks for letting us in,’ Mr Kirkbride said.
Health authorities have recorded 23 coronavirus cases in South Australia linked to an outbreak at Parafield in Adelaide’s north.
The outbreak emerged from the state’s hotel quarantine scheme after a worker contracted the virus and spread it into the community.
Another 160 close contacts have been ordered to self-isolate with hundreds of others urged to get tested and quarantine if they have visited select sites.
Adelaide Airport was packed full of passengers (pictured) looking to get out of South Australia ahead of the six day lockdown on Wednesday
Passengers adhere to social distancing measures at Adelaide Airport on Wednesday November 18
New South Wales and Victoria are keeping their borders open to the state despite concerns around the latest coronavirus outbreak.
While all other states and territories have slammed their borders shut to reduce the risk of another outbreak.
The mutation in South Australia has a very short incubation period of 24 hours or less and SA Health have observed several of positive patients with little or no symptoms.
South Australia’s lockdown measures will be among the toughest in the world, with only countries such as Argentina, Israel and Venezuela taking such extreme measures.
Under the lockdown masks will be mandatory outdoors, schools and universities will shut, as will restaurants, cafes and pubs.
A staff cleans a table at the Adelaide Airport pop up bar on November 18 (pictured) as two passengers wait for a flight out of South Australia
Two women take a selfie with their masks on at Adelaide Airport on November 18 (pictured)
Outdoor exercise will also be banned, as will takeaway food, and even the state’s construction industry, which was never halted in Victoria.
South Australia Premier Steven Marshall said they will ‘throw absolutely everything at this, to get on top of the cluster’ at a press conference on Tuesday.
The lockdown announcement also triggered another round of panic buying as residents flocked to the shops ahead of restrictions.
Hour long queues also formed outside Covid-19 testing centres after health authorities begged residents to get tested.
Empty shelves have been commonplace in South Australia since Monday, with this shelf once home to toilet paper and tissues rendered completely empty
Residents are seen waiting for a coronavirus test in Adelaide on Tuesday, following an outbreak in the northern suburbs
WHAT WILL CLOSE IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Universities and all schools except for children of essential workers and vulnerable children
Pubs, cafes, coffee shops, food courts and takeaway food
Elective surgery except for urgent operations and cancer treatment
Open inspections and auctions for real estate
All outdoor sport and physical activity
Regional travel is not approved
Aged care and disability residential care will be an lockdown
Factories other than food and medical products will be closed except for where it is necessary for them to remain open to prevent damage to machinery
The construction industry
Holiday homes will not be available for lease or rental
Weddings and funerals
Masks will be required in all areas outside the home
Only one person per household once a day is allowed to access grocerie