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With NSW's highly anticipated 'Freedom Day' in sight, Carrie Bickmore has made a rather brutal prediction about when some state and territory borders might reopen.
The Project co-host admitted she wasn't holding out hope that Western Australia or Queensland will permit interstate travel by Christmas during Monday night's episode.
"The border is not going to be open to WA or Queensland for Christmas, as much as I want it to be," the 40-year-old said.
Like many Australians, Carrie has a personal reason for wanting to move around the country, particularly during the festive season.
"I have family I want to see and even though [Prime Minister Scott Morrison] is saying they are putting pressure on [WA and QLD's premiers], they don't care," she said.
"I can't see how they will open," she added sadly.
Carrie has strong ties to WA. She was born in Adelaide but relocated with her family to Perth at a young age, where she attended school and university. Her late husband, Greg Lange was also from Perth and it's where he was laid to rest in 2010.
WA 'a different country'
Carrie's Project co-host Waleed Aly agreed with her sombre prediction and went as far as to declare WA "almost a different country at this point."
Carrie made the comments while discussing NSW's newly-announced Covid roadmap with UNSW epidemiologist Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, who is a WHO Covid Response Advisor.
When asked for her opinion on the likelihood of WA or QLD reopening their borders, Prof. McLaws said that it would be "unusual" for that to happen by Christmas.
She did however suggest that rapid antigen testing for incoming travellers at the state borders could be a solution.
"They could expect us to be tested at the border... with rapid antigen testing, so it could be done," Prof. McLaws said.
NSW's three-stage roadmap out of Covid
Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a three-stage roadmap out of Covid lockdown on Monday.
The first stage of reopening will come at 70 percent of 16 years and over being fully vaccinated, expected as early as October 11.
The second stage is expected about two weeks later when the 80 percent fully vaccinated mark is hit.
Not until December 1, will the third stage of reopening commence, when unvaccinated people get to participate in freedoms that vaccinated residents will participate in weeks earlier.
It came as the state's daily new Covid-19 cases dropped to 787, the lowest rate for a month, and the number of people over 16 receiving at least one dose of vaccine passed 85 percent.
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