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Western Australian Prime Minister Mark McGowan suggested that New South Wales should adopt the same strict lockdown measures that Victoria and South Australia put in place after their recent second wave of scares to “smash and kill” the rising numbers from the Northern Beaches group from Sydney.

He praised the efforts made by Victoria’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrews and SA Prime Minister Steven Marshall, saying he will do whatever it takes to keep WA safe from infection.

“I think New South Wales should take tougher action,” McGowan said.

Mark McGowan addresses the media about the Sydney Northern Beaches outbreak. (9News)

“They took it incredibly seriously and handled it and it seemed like their measures worked,” he said.

“The sooner New South Wales crushes it, the sooner they kill it, the better it will be for them and the better for the whole country.

“You can kill the virus if you take the right measures.”

Western Australia implemented last-minute changes overnight, and anyone arriving in WA from New South Wales must self-isolate for 14 days and get tested for coronavirus on the 11th.

McGowan said WA contact trackers have directly followed 87 arrivals who have come from Sydney’s north beaches in recent days.

“This has been a rapidly evolving situation and I thank everyone for their support,” he said.

“We have had to act extremely fast and do our best to protect our state from a COVID-19 outbreak.”

NSW locals who arrived in WA before the midnight cut-off but had been in the eastern state on December 11 were contacted yesterday and told to get tested immediately and to isolate themselves until a negative result.

McGowan said the next 24 to 48 hours will be crucial in determining whether to take further action on border closures, but at this stage, travel from NSDW is considered “low risk.”

“Based on current health councils, we are not making any further changes at this time to what we implemented last night at midnight,” McGowan said.

“We will continue to monitor the situation extremely closely and will do whatever is necessary.”

He did not rule out the harsh borders between WA and NSW returning in the near future if the situation continues to worsen.

“I won’t hesitate to do that if that’s what the health councils recommend,” he said.

He said he understands that the changes for NSW residents coming to WA to be with family will be disruptive in the lead up to Christmas.

“We are thinking about them and we support the people of New South Wales. This will be a very different Christmas for many people,” he said.

McGowan also confirmed that all of New South Wales is being treated with the same caution as anyone from Sydney’s North Beaches and urged travelers to avoid passing through New South Wales if possible as they will still be considered local.

“I just urge everyone, don’t go to New South Wales right now if you don’t have to,” McGowan said.

“If you want to travel from Queensland to Western Australia, don’t go through New South Wales to get here.”

McGowan said WA has gone 251 days without any community transmission of the coronavirus and this is due to the measures the state put in place.

Today, WA recorded only one new case of coronavirus in an offshore marine worker.


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