* Seven deaths, 300 new cases in Victoria
* Tasmania is open to tourists WA, SA, NT starting next month
* NSW tightens social distance restrictions
* Class action submitted against Ruby Princess Carnival (Recast with details about Tasmania’s travel bubble; adding points)
By Melanie Burton
MELBOURNE, July 24 (Reuters) – Australia’s southern island state of Australia next month will begin receiving tourists from other regions of the country who have seen a significant period without new cases of coronavirus, state officials said Friday.
Tasmania, which has not recorded cases of community transmission in 77 days, will receive tourists from Western Australia and the state of South Australia, and the Northern Territory – none have recorded community transmission in more than 90 days.
The new policy which began on August 7 includes stricter testing at the airport and travel reviews from other countries including New South Wales and Queensland which will be completed next month.
Tasmanian Prime Minister Peter Gutwein said the trip would not be continued in the short term from the second most populous state in the state of Victoria, which had fought a surge in corona virus cases to more than 7,400 on Friday,
“I can’t see Victoria open to Tasmania anytime soon,” Gutwein said at a media conference.
Australia has so far escaped the high COVID-19 toll in other countries, with more than 13,300 infections and 139 viral deaths on Friday, but the recent increase in the two most populous countries has alarmed officials .
A group of infections in Melbourne, Victoria’s largest city, pushed the government to impose a partial locking for six weeks and make face masks mandatory for its residents or risk being fined A $ 200 ($ 143).
The state will deploy Australian Defense Force personnel to the homes of people who tested positive for the virus but have not yet answered phone calls, to begin the contact tracing process, the prime minister Victoria said on Friday.
“This is about taking the extra step to ensure that we can not only call but we can connect … complete the interview and then begin the process of tracing contacts,” Daniel Andrews told a regular media conference.
“If you knock on the door and you are not found at home … it will almost certainly cause you to be fined.”
The state has recorded seven deaths since Thursday, the highest daily loss for the country since the pandemic began.
At least five of the deaths are related to nursing homes, of which more than 40 have recorded outbreaks. Across the state, 300 new infections were discovered, down from a record 484 on Wednesday.
LIMITATIONS OF TIGHTENS NSW
In the most populous state of New South Wales, restrictions were reinstated on Friday after several groups emerged, including dozens of cases originating from a Thai restaurant. New cases in the state dropped to seven nights, from several days in teens.
Group bookings in restaurants, cafes and clubs will be limited to 10 people and customers in the venue will be limited to 300 people.
Weddings and corporate events will be limited to 150 people with distancing social rules including restrictions on singing, dancing and socializing, while only 100 can attend funerals and places of worship.
The Australian National Cabinet met on Friday and formulated new steps to combat the virus including tougher restrictions on truck drivers who transport goods between countries.
Meanwhile, a law firm said it had filed a class-action lawsuit in an Australian court against Carnival Corp’s Ruby Princess cruise ship accusing it of mismanaging a coronavirus outbreak on board.
Cruise ships are also part of investigative killings in Australia as one of the most deadly sources of viral infections in the country.
“It is not our intention to respond to the class action attorney’s statement,” a Carnival Corp spokesman said in a statement via email. (Reporting by Renju Jose in Sydney and Melanie Burton in Melbourne; Editing by Lincoln Feast.)