The Australian government announced today, Monday, the reopening of the borders between the two most populous states in Australia, after being closed for 138 days due to the emerging coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
After this decision, residents of Victoria and New South Wales will be able to move freely between the two states for the first time since July 8, without being quarantined.
Today, Monday, Australian local media revealed that a DJ set was pushed on the main road between the two cities and Dunga Albury on the border of the two states, and the music began playing with the first cars passing on the road at 12:01 am.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) published pictures of celebratory scenes at Sydney Airport, where passengers were greeted and greeted as the first flights landed from Melbourne.
Prior to the outbreak of the pandemic, the Sydney / Melbourne Air Route was the second busiest airline in the world.
The state of Victoria was the most affected Australian state by the second wave of the Corona virus, which prompted the state authorities to impose a strict lockdown when the number of new daily infections exceeded 700 cases.
Melbourne - a city of 4.9 million people - was subjected to 112-day "stay-at-home" orders.
Today, Monday, the state of Victoria has not recorded, for the twenty-fourth day in a row, any new cases of coronavirus, and now has only one active case.
And 16 days passed in the most populous state of New South Wales without a local case of coronavirus.
Australia, which has a population of about 25 million, has recorded just over 27,800 cases of coronavirus since the start of the epidemic - far fewer than the number of infections in most developed countries.
The number of deaths due to HIV infection in Australia reached 907, including 819 deaths recorded in the state of Victoria.