Tasmania’s tough measures to reduce coronavirus spread

Tasmania has taken the extraordinary step of essentially shutting itself of from the rest of the country in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Premier Peter Gutwein will declare a State of Emergency on the Apple Isle and introduce the country’s toughest border control measures.

Only essential travellers will be allowed into Tasmania without going into quarantine.


This includes healthcare workers, emergency workers and others assisting in the coronavirus effort.

Non-essential travellers to Tasmania will have to quarantine for 14 days.

The measures will come into place from midnight on Friday.

Major penalties are in place for those flouting the new rules, with fines of up to $16,ooo or six months in prison.

Tasmania has recorded 10 cases of coronavirus, after three more confirmed cases on Wednesday.

More to come.