Melbourne travellers from coronavirus hotspots flock to Sydney – Daily Mail

Travellers are still flocking to Sydney from Melbourne, despite Gladys Berejiklian urging them to stay home. 

Dozens of people landed at Sydney Airport on a flight from Melbourne on Wednesday morning.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told travellers from Victoria’s new coronavirus hot spots not to travel to NSW and has told businesses to turn them away if they do.

Passengers told Daily Mail Australia that just one in ten people were wearing face masks on the flight, despite scientists insisting it helps stop the spread of coronavirus in enclosed spaces. 

Their arrival comes amid an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in outer-suburban Melbourne, with an additional 20 cases confirmed on Wednesday. 

An 80-year-old man also died on Tuesday night from COVID-19 in Victoria. 

NSW reported 10 new cases on Wednesday – all in hotel quarantine – from 13,278 tests.

Passengers carry backpacks through the terminal after the early morning flight from Melbourne to Sydney

Passengers carry backpacks through the terminal after the early morning flight from Melbourne to Sydney

Passengers carry backpacks through the terminal after the early morning flight from Melbourne to Sydney

Kathy Hollis and Mitch Lawler (pictured) flew to Melbourne for a funeral. They told Daily Mail Australia they were happy to be back in Sydney

Kathy Hollis and Mitch Lawler (pictured) flew to Melbourne for a funeral. They told Daily Mail Australia they were happy to be back in Sydney

Kathy Hollis and Mitch Lawler (pictured) flew to Melbourne for a funeral. They told Daily Mail Australia they were happy to be back in Sydney

Jade, who arrived mid-morning from Melbourne, said her Qantas flight had been half-full with all middle seats empty.

‘I’m in Sydney for two days for work,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘I don’t live in any of the virus hot spots, and I don’t have symptoms so I think it’s fine.’

Nick Kash, 19, flew from Melbourne where he studies at university, to Sydney for his grandfather’s funeral.

‘The middle seats were empty, which was great. It made me feel a bit more comfortable. 

‘The staff were handing out masks too. I recently flew from Brisbane to Victoria which was even better, it was a big international jet, so had loads of space.’

Aoieheann Murphy, who is from Ireland but lives in Sydney, said: ‘I went to visit friends but we stayed in the house and didn’t go anywhere. It definitely felt a bit different there, lots of things are closed and everyone is worrying.’  

Kathy Hollis, 31, and Mitch Lawler, 36, flew to Melbourne for a funeral.

Rick Yeng, 30, was travelling for work as a videographer and had no choice but to attend a meeting in Sydney

Rick Yeng, 30, was travelling for work as a videographer and had no choice but to attend a meeting in Sydney

Rick Yeng, 30, was travelling for work as a videographer and had no choice but to attend a meeting in Sydney

‘We certainly wouldn’t have gone by choice,’ she told Daily Mail Australia. ‘It was definitely a little concerning with the outbreak there, but we had to go. We’re definitely happy to be back.’

Mr Lawler added: ‘The plane was pretty full, but they gave out masks and asked us to wear them which helped a bit.’ 

Rick Yeng, 30, was travelling for work as a videographer and had no choice but to attend a meeting in Sydney.

‘I’m flying back to Melbourne again tonight. I wore a mask but not everyone did. I’ve flown a lot during COVID, all for work.’ 

‘I was in Victoria for a funeral, she was my best friend so I had to go. I was worried on the flight, so I’m happy to be home.’

Victoria has seen a significant number of community transmissions over the past two weeks. 

Two men ride the escalator at Sydney airport after arriving on the Virgin Australia flight from Melbourne

Two men ride the escalator at Sydney airport after arriving on the Virgin Australia flight from Melbourne

Two men ride the escalator at Sydney airport after arriving on the Virgin Australia flight from Melbourne 

A group of people walk through the almost empty terminal at Sydney airport carrying backpacks

A group of people walk through the almost empty terminal at Sydney airport carrying backpacks

A group of people walk through the almost empty terminal at Sydney airport carrying backpacks

The six hotspots which have been identified are in the local government areas of Hume, Casey, Brimbank, Moreland, Cardinia and Darebin. 

The spike saw NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian take a hardline on travellers arriving from Victoria, telling NSW tourism vendors to turn them away.

‘I would definitely encourage organisations to consider who to allow on their premises and where they’re coming from,’ Ms Berejiklian said.

There were a lot of bags ready to be collected from baggage claim following the flights from Melbourne

There were a lot of bags ready to be collected from baggage claim following the flights from Melbourne

There were a lot of bags ready to be collected from baggage claim following the flights from Melbourne

‘I call on all organisations not to interact with citizens from Melbourne at this stage.

‘Have activity elsewhere and I note a number of organisations have already taken on that advice.

‘And as for resorts and other locations in NSW, they are at liberty to accept or reject any traveller.’

VICTORIA’S SPIKE IN CORONAVIRUS CASES

23/6: 17 new cases

22/6: 16

21/6: 19

20/6: 25

19/6: 13

18/6: 18

17/6: 21

Source: Department of Health and Human Services

NSW recorded 10 COVID-19 case – in a returned traveller in hotel quarantine – on Wednesday from 13,278 tests.

Some 3150 COVID-19 cases have been reported in NSW to date, with none in intensive care. 

While thousands of Victorians hit the streets to protest as part of the Black Lives Matter movement, the state government has pointed the finger at families for Victoria’s recent spike in infections.

Over the weekend, 44 new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the state, after Australia enjoyed weeks of single digit transmissions.

On Saturday, Victoria scrapped plans to ease COVID-19 restrictions after another double-digit rise in new cases.

‘It is unacceptable that families anywhere in our state can, just because they want this to be over, pretend that it is,’ Premier Daniel Andrews said.

‘It is pretty clear that behind closed doors…they are not practising social distancing.’

Mr Andrews forcefully warned sick people against leaving their homes, saying just one person pretending everything is okay could infect many others.

‘We simply can’t pretend that the virus is gone, that the virus is somehow not in our state,’ he said.

‘It doesn’t matter how many people are doing the wrong thing – everybody, everybody will pay the price if we get to a point where restrictions either localised or across the state need to be re-introduced.

NSW PREMIER WARNS AGAINST TRAVEL TO MELBOURNE

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has called for businesses to steer clear of visitors from Melbourne amid an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Victoria.

Victoria confirmed another 17 cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, taking to 193 the number of new diagnoses during the past nine days.

Ms Berejiklian has repeatedly criticised interstate travel restrictions and says she will not agree to border closures with any of NSW’s neighbour states.

But she has urged against travel to Melbourne, particularly its six current COVID-19 hotspots – the local government areas of Hume, Casey, Brimbank, Moreland, Cardinia and Darebin.

Residents of those hotspots should not be moving around the community, the premier said on Tuesday.

‘I call on all organisations not to interact with citizens from Melbourne at this stage,’ Ms Berejiklian told reporters.

‘Have activity elsewhere and I note a number of organisations have already taken on that advice.

‘And as for resorts and other locations in NSW, they are at liberty to accept or reject any traveller.’

NSW recorded just one COVID-19 case – in a returned traveller in hotel quarantine – in the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday from more than 8000 tests.

Some 3150 COVID-19 cases have been reported in NSW to date, with none in intensive care. 

– Australian Associated Press