The exclusion of East Gippsland from a Northern Territory decision to open its borders to travellers from regional Victoria, enforces the need for Coronavirus cases to be recorded on geographic location rather than home address.
Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, said many of the cases recorded against East Gippsland were people who had contracted COVID in Melbourne and completed their recovery in Melbourne.
“Recording cases solely against home address does not provide an accurate picture of where these cases are located, and when you have other governments making decisions on this data it unfairly disadvantages us.
“Over a number of weeks I have had many people desperate to see their loved ones, who in some cases are within days of passing, but they have not been able to travel.
“Now that we have other jurisdictions looking to open up to country Victoria, but they are excluding East Gippsland based on a locally recorded infection that is in fact not local, is completely unfair.
“For more than two months now, I have been asking the State Government to also record cases on geographic location as I am aware many cases being recorded against regional areas are in fact in Melbourne.
“Once we start doing that, other states and territories will be better informed to make decisions based on where these people are actually located,” he said.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020