NSW says Victoria must pay for police patrols after an explosion of coronavirus cases closes the border
- NSW Police Minister David Elliott says VIC must pay the police to close the borders
- 650 officers and 350 soldiers are deployed to help close the NSW / VIC border
- From midnight on Tuesday, people are not allowed to leave Victoria
- Comes after Melbourne is completely shut down and the state has registered 191 cases
Victoria has to pay the bill for the 1,000 New South Wales officers and soldiers deployed to close the state line, NSW police minister said.
About 650 police officers and 350 members of the Australian Defense Force will set up roadblocks and drones along the 1,000-km-long border between New South Wales and Victoria before closing at midnight on Tuesday.
NSW Police Secretary David Elliott called on Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews to cover the costs of the police, as it was the second wave of COVID-19 cases in Melbourne that caused the border to close.
“I would think that’s a good thing, since this is an outbreak caused by a situation in Melbourne,” he said Tuesday.
About 650 police officers and 350 members of the Australian Defense Force will help close the border between NSW and Victoria, which will enter into force on Tuesday from midnight. Pictured sign warning of fines for those entering NSW from Victoria
NSW Police Secretary David Elliott (pictured) called on Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews to do the ‘decent’ thing and help cover post-Melbourne costs in COVID-19 cases
“But we cannot trust other governments to always do the right thing.
“As for the New South Wales government, we will provide the financial support that is needed.”
But Prime Minister Andrews hit back, saying he doesn’t know the NSW Police Minister and “just” doesn’t have time to argue with him.
“I’ll talk to you [NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian] on that matter and she didn’t raise it with me, “he said.
Victoria registered the biggest spike on Tuesday in cases where 191 new infections were registered, and all of Melbourne has been re-imprisoned.
Lockdown was introduced in 12 hotspot postcodes last week, but has now expanded to the entire metropolis as contamination continued to escalate.
The border between NSW and Victoria will close at midnight for the first time since the Spanish flu crisis 100 years ago.
Anyone caught without crossing the border could face up to six months in prison and be fined $ 11,000.
Mr. Elliott said some Melbourne residents were “disappointed”.
“It is a sad situation for Australia. I mean it’s the second largest city, it’s the second strongest metropolitan economy, ”he said.
Anyone caught without crossing the border could face up to six months in prison and be fined $ 11,000. Photo of the NSW police at Sydney Airport on Monday
Hazmat suit firefighters deliver food to those trapped in the towers of the Melbourne Housing Commission on Tuesday
“I feel for the people of Melbourne who have certainly tried to do the right thing.”
Roads to NSW are divided into three levels, A, B and C.
There will be checkpoints on five major highways between the two states, including Wodonga Place and the Hume, Cobb, Stuart, and Princes highways.
In the B level, 29 roads are monitored around the clock.
The last C category, which includes 20 dirt roads and less populated roads, will be monitored by drone surveillance.
“This is not a punishment,” said Mr. Elliott.
“Don’t think there are police, soldiers with big black sticks trying to punish people for doing something.”
People queue up for a COVID-19 test clinic in Albury near the NSW / Victoria border on Tuesday