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LIVE Last updated October 1, 2020 7:28PM AEST Mark McGowan didn’t mince his words over Western Australia’s hard border stance, telling reporters there’s “no benefit” in reopening to the nation’s other states.  The state’s borders are shut to anyone except for designated works on those granted exemptions on compassionate grounds – and have been that way since the coronavirus pandemic struck Australia six months ago. Mr McGowan said a travel bubble with South Australia and the Northern Territory – where community transmission has been stamped out, and cases (if any) remain low – wasn’t worth pursuing, despite the strategy being adopted by SA, the NT and Queensland. “There is no benefit,” he said. “All we’ll do is lose jobs were we to open to those (jurisdictions). “The other states want us to open the border so that West Australian tourists will flood east, not so that people from the east will come here. “They’re only saying all this for very self-interested reasons because we have higher incomes, we have people that are more used to travelling and therefore we’ll have more tourists go from Western Australia to the east.” Mr McGowan has insisted the border will only come down when all other jurisdictions go 28 days without any community transmission – a stance that’s been deemed “beyond caution” by some of the nation’s top epidemiologists. “When we get calls from other governments around Australia, particularly NSW, to bring down our border, all I’d say is they have had significant policy failures in the east that caused the spread of the virus into Western Australia in the early days,” he said, referring to reports that passengers from the Ruby Princess cruise ship could have infected as many as 11 people on a flight from Sydney to Perth. “We’re always very careful about our borders to protect our people. If only they’d been more careful, we wouldn’t have had some of those cases come to our state.” Follow our live coronavirus news below. Live Updates Natalie Brown As community transmissions dwindle, Australians flying back from Pakistan, the US, Britain, India and cruise ship passengers make up the bulk of NSW’s COVID-19 cases in hotel quarantine, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. For six days straight, the only new coronavirus infections in NSW have been returned travellers in hotel quarantine, with two of today’s three new cases detected in Sydney hotels. The third case was a man in the capital’s southwest that authorities believe is an old infection.Picture: David Gray/AFPThe majority of travellers (125 people or 16 per cent) have been cruise ship passengers and crew, while just under 14 per cent (109 people) are returned travellers from Pakistan. The US accounted for 11 per cent (87 infections), while 8.8 per cent came from Britain (69 people) and 8.5 per cent (67 people) from India. Overall, more than half of NSW’s 4038 coronavirus cases have come from overseas, with the majority who are diagnosed in hotel quarantine Australian nationals, a NSW Health spokesperson told the SMH. Chief health officer Kerry Chant has said multiple times that NSW’s COVID-19 caseload shows the state’s hotel quarantine program is effectively detecting and isolating infectious cases. Natalie Brown Victoria Police have been sent in to patrol a hotel quarantine site, following the sudden axing of private security guards. Workers from cleaning agency, Spotless, were stood down in the middle of their shifts yesterday amid fears over infection control.Officers and Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) staff have since replaced the workers – but there are concerns over the safety of police and whether suitable measures have been taken. RELATED:
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