Families rejoice as South Australia’s borders open to travelers

South Australians welcome family and friends once again as the state borders reopen and the first flight lands in Adelaide.

After closing the borders for months as the state struggled to bring vaccination rates under control, Adelaide welcomed its first passenger flight from Melbourne at 9 a.m. this morning.

As the South Australian government prepared to open the borders at midnight, the state received more than 29,000 requests for entry yesterday afternoon.

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Of the 29,000 applications, more than 15,000 were from low to very low risk LGAs across the country.

There were also visible queues of cars at the Bordertown checkpoint waiting to cross after midnight.

The influx comes after the state made the decision to close its borders for 153 days to New South Wales and Victoria.

The South Australian government has called for opening the borders to fully vaccinated interstate travelers who have applied through the EntryCheckSA system.

Travelers from “high risk” areas will still need to be quarantined for seven days after arriving in South Australia, while those traveling from low risk areas will be required to return a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to their arrival. arrival in South Africa.

As Prime Minister Steven Marshall says the state has prepared for the inevitable influx of Covid cases, the University of Adelaide has released modeling that reflects the state is not ready for the 5 000 cases of Covid expected within 300 days.

The state currently has a double dose rate of 77.4%, which is only slightly below the original target of 80%.

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