Pressure builds For WA to open its border

Pressure is mounting on the government of West Australia to make a decision on the hard borders as Victoria ‘s population spread looks to be contained.

Updated health advice is expected to be heard on Friday at a meeting of the State Emergency Board.

At the conference, Chief Health Officer Andy Robertson will update Premier Mark McGowan and other high-level officials.

Coronavirus case numbers in both WA and the other states will be taken into account in the latest estimates.

The meeting comes as Victoria this week ended its four-month lockdown, documenting in the past 48 hours just five new infections.

A new survey found that more than 70 percent of West Aussies want the Premier to set date for border opening.

Education Minister Sue Ellery said she hasn’t received the latest advice yet and wouldn’t be drawn on potential changes.

“We’ll consider it, we will make decisions and the Premier will make any comments he needs to make after that,” she said.

“I haven’t seen it so I can’t comment on where it sits right now (but) we will consider it at that meeting.”

“The hard border policy has served us well and it has meant our economy has flourished, when other parts of the Australian economy and economies around the world have suffered real damage,” Ellery said.

“We will consider that advice tomorrow and I am not going to speculate what is in it.

“Events in the rest of Australia will inform that advice as well.”

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