Northern Territory removes Sydney from COVID-19 hotspot list

Greater Sydney will finally be removed from the Northern Territory’s coronavirus hotspot list for the first time since July 17.

The easing of restrictions means that from midnight tonight, more than five million Sydney residents – or anyone who has recently spent time in the NSW capital – will be able to enter the NT without two weeks of quarantine at their own expense.

There were fears the decision to revoke the city’s COVID-19 hotspot status could be at threat after NSW recorded 12 new infections on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has joined a growing list of Coalition members to blast Western Australia’s Premier, Mark McGowan, over his state’s border closure.

At the moment, a reopening date has not been set, and today Mr Morrison accused the Premier of acting in economic rather than public health interests.

“These arrangements should be in place for health reasons only, and the health reasons have to be clearly stated, and they have to be reasonable, and it’s up to the premiers to justify those things,” Mr Morrison told 2GB radio on Thursday.

“I was disappointed to hear him say the border seems to be there as some form of economic protectionism.

“Locking people in the state so they won’t spend money in other parts of the country, well that’s not the Australian way.”

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