Tue, 07 Jul 2020

SYDNEY, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Australia's State of Western Australia (WA) will lift most of its internal borders on Friday except those protecting biosecurity areas and vulnerable remote indigenous communities.

In a statement released on Monday, the state government said the decision is a part of the government's road map to safely and gradually reduce COVID-19 restrictions.

The further lift on internal boundaries came after a previous ease made seven days ago that saw the reginal boarders reduced from 13 to 4 and there was no outbreak after that.

While travelling to those remote indigenous communities is still prohibited, the Commonwealth designated biosecurity areas within WA will be reopened from June 5 as the authorities see the local COVID-19 spreading remain controlled.

"Western Australia's success in curbing the spread of COVID-19 has been world-leading," the state's Premier Mark McGowan said.

"I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding, and I urge everyone who can travel to get out there, wander around WA and support local businesses."

He added the time WA's boarder opening to other states still need to be decided.

"Based on health advice, Western Australia's hard border with the rest of the country will remain in place, and will likely be the final restriction lifted." he said.

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