South Australia tightens border restrictions amid Omicron concerns

Australia: Concerns about the Omicron Covid-19 variation have prompted the state government of South Australia (SA) to adopt additional border restrictions.

Premier Steven Marshall announced on Saturday that SA's borders will remain open to domestic travellers, but that visitors from the Covid-affected Australian Capital Territory (ACT), New South Wales (NSW), and Victoria will be required to take a coronavirus test upon arrival and remain isolated until the test results are negative.

If they are still in South Australia on day six, they will be subjected to a second test. Marshall told reporters, "We remain extremely concerned about the Omicron threat." "At this point, we don't know enough about the Omicron variant, so we're being careful." The state's directives committee decided not to implement a hard border shutdown, but "substantial spread" of Omicron interstate would warrant additional restrictions, according to Police Commissioner Grant Stevens.

"In the absence of more detailed information, the best course of action at this time is to strengthen our testing and surveillance, which is what we're doing," he said. There were 15 confirmed Omicron cases in Australia as of Saturday morning, including 13 in NSW, one in the ACT, and one in the Northern Territory.

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