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WA premier flags when he will make the call on Victoria, NSW border

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan expects to receive updated advice on reopening its borders to Victoria and NSW this week, as both states continue to stack up more days without a locally acquired COVID-19 case.

Victoria has already reached WA’s criteria of 28 days without community transmission to qualify for eased border rules, while NSW has now gone 22 days without a locally-acquired infection.

Mr McGowan has been steadfast about not rushing into a decision, nominating the recently reopened NSW-Victoria border as a reason to take stock.

“NSW is not at 28 days yet and they have an open border with Victoria so we will just be risk-averse,” he told reporters on Sunday.

“I know some people want to rush on this, but the vast majority of people just want to be cautious and careful and we will continue to be cautious and careful.”

He expects to make further announcements during the week once briefed on the latest health advice by the WA Chief Health Officer.

“Clearly with NSW and Victoria, you’ve got to be careful,” he said.

Premier Mark McGowan has been steadfast about not rushing into a decision on opening WA’s borders. Credit: AAP

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