Published on : Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Australia is ready to welcome tourists to the bushfire-hit areas in Victoria as the spreading of COVID-19 lower. Now the tourism dept. of Australia has set out measures to resume tourism to Victoria’s rural regions, ravaged by wildfires and then the coronavirus, after a testing blitz in the country’s second-most populous state showed continuing low cases of community transmission.
The international and domestic tourists will be able to stay overnight from June 1 in regional areas in the southern state of Victoria, where tourism is such an important part, especially for bushfire-affected communities, state Premier Daniel Andrews said. The tourism dept of Victoria will open up ski fields from June 22, with strict rules around hygiene, density and without shared facilities.
This is all about opening up again, but doing so because we have got some new test results, and we can be confident about how much virus is out there in the Victorian community.
Victoria, which reported one case overnight after nine new cases to Saturday, has conducted more than 420,000 tests since the start of the year, and 174,000 this month, more than a week ahead of a schedule set by health officials.
The Health minister, Jenny Mikakos, said community transmission remained low and that an expanded testing program would continue into year end. Victoria has reported 1,593 cases in total, of which 180 are community transmissions.
Victoria’s testing rate is 6,340 per 100,000 people, which if it were a nation, would be the sixth highest for testing in the world, she added. In the most populous state of New South Wales, only one case was recorded overnight, bringing the total to 3,085. Australia has reported 7,095 cases and 102 deaths.
Premier Andrews added that in Victoria and New South Wales, where schools are set to reopen next week, playgrounds and skate parks will also be able to reopen. In Queensland, Australia’s third-most populous state, one new case was recorded overnight. Officials announced a $50 million investment into community sports from June 12.