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Tas COVID: State of emergency extended by two months

Tasmania’s state of emergency has been extended by another two months, with Premier Peter Gutwein saying the island state was in a fortunate position “but things can change in a heartbeat”.He said the decision was based on the advice of state controller Darren Hine.“We’ll be extending that until the end of October,” Mr Gutwein announced…

Tasmania’s state of emergency has been extended by another two months, with Premier Peter Gutwein saying the island state was in a fortunate position “but things can change in a heartbeat”.

He said the decision was based on the advice of state controller Darren Hine.

“We’ll be extending that until the end of October,” Mr Gutwein announced on Friday.

“That will allow an appropriate time frame to review the ongoing threat posed to Tasmania from particularly Victoria but also from other states as well.

“At the end of October, we’ll conduct a review for the appropriate course of action depending on the situation at that time as we move towards December 1, which is the date that we have specified that we’ll be looking to open our borders.”

He said Tasmania was “a long way away from where Victoria is” but must stay vigilant.

Mr Gutwein also announced all people arriving in Tasmania, including essential travellers, would be screened for fever and other symptoms from next week.

“Anyone with symptoms will be requested by health officials to have a COVID-19 test and be directed to quarantine at their intended destination, for example, their home accommodation or government-designated accommodation while awaiting their results.”

The state has recorded 230 cases and 13 deaths in total.

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