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Coronavirus: What we know today, July 3

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SA cops fine Victorians and send them home

Two men have twice been caught crossing into South Australia from Victoria in breach of the new border restrictions.

The pair, who were travelling in a Volkswagen van, first crossed into SA at 4am on Thursday and were stopped at a checkpoint on the Dukes Highway at Bordertown.

Because they hadn’t completed an online application to enter the state and were deemed to be non-essential travellers, the men were told they would need to self-isolate for 14 days if they stayed.

The men opted to return to Victoria.

But 12 hours later, police found the van and the men bogged on a dirt road near Pinehill Road at Senior, about 28 kilometres north.

“Police will allege the pair had briefly returned to Victoria before re-entering South Australia, bypassing the border checkpoint and travelling along back roads towards Bordertown,” SA Police said in a statement on Friday.

A 23-year-old from Tarneit and an 18-year-old male from Dolahey in Victoria were both issued with a $1060 on the spot fine.

They were again given the option to self-isolate for 14 days or return to Victoria.

They chose to return and were escorted back over the border.

SA Police are continuing to patrol cross border roads from Victoria.

Meanwhile, a security guard monitoring returned travellers quarantine in an Adelaide hotel has been taken off the job for breaching safety protocols.

SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said the guard wasn’t wearing a mask and was dismissed by police.

“It didn’t put anybody at risk, but it was just a warning: ‘OK, you’ve been told you have to wear a mask. You’re not wearing it. You’re out of here’,” she told ABC radio on Friday.

“The police have a very, very strong presence and they are overseeing the security guards and that was how it was picked up.”

No new SA cases 

South Australia recorded no new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

SA Health said there were three active cases – all returning travellers who remain in quarantine in the CBD.

Victorian cases rise again

Victoria has recorded another 66 coronavirus cases, taking the state’s total active cases to 442.

Of the fresh cases, seven are linked to outbreaks, 20 have been detected through routine testing, one is in hotel quarantine and 28 are under investigation.

There are 23 people in hospital, with six in intensive care.

More than 880,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the state since the start of the year.

Debate over Govt funding for virus support

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has warned against creating a dependency on coronavirus support measures, as some Victorians entered lockdown for a second time.

Deloitte Access Economics partner Chris Richardson said the longer outbreaks like the one in Melbourne last, the more would need to be spent.

“Recovery is government or nothing,” he told AAP.

He said it was important unemployment benefits were higher than the pre-coronavirus level of $40 a day.

The Grattan Institute has recommended the government spend between $70 billion and $90 billion on extra economic stimulus measures.

The International Monetary Fund, meanwhile, is calling for a gradual exit from support programs, with public investment to accelerate the recovery.

Morrison says economists vary across the spending spectrum.

“They want us to spend nothing and they want us to spend everything – the truth is going to be somewhere in the middle,” he said on Thursday.

Indonesia posts highest daily total

Indonesia has reported 1624 coronavirus infections in its biggest daily jump in new cases since the epidemic began, health ministry official Achmad Yurianto says.

This brings the total number of infections to 59,394.

The country also reported 53 new deaths, taking cumulative COVID-19 fatalities to 2987.

US cases pass 50,000 a day

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases per day in the US has climbed to an all-time high of more than 50,000, with the infection curve rising in 40 out of 50 states in a reversal that has largely spared only the country’s northeast.

In another alarming indicator, 36 states are registering an increase in the percentage of tests coming back positive for the virus.

“I think we are going to be in a very difficult situation for at least a month,” said Dr Mary Jo Trepka, an epidemiologist at Florida International University, in one of the hardest-hit states.

The surge has been blamed in part on people not wearing masks or following other social distancing rules as states lifted their lockdowns over the past few weeks.

The US recorded 50,700 new cases, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

That represents a doubling of the daily total over the past month and is higher even than what the country witnessed during the most lethal phase of the crisis in April and May, when the New York metropolitan area was easily the worst hot spot.

OFFICIAL SOURCES OF ADVICE AND INFORMATION

Local updates and resources

State Government central information

SA Health

Mental health support line (8am to 8pm): 1800 632 753.

National advice and information

Australian Government Coronavirus information hotline: 1800 020 080

Government information via WhatsApp: click here

Travel

Australian Government travel advice: smartraveller.gov.au

Check your symptoms

Free, government-funded, health advice: healthdirect.gov.au

– Reporting by InDaily staff, AAP and Reuters

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