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Eerily quiet roads this Easter as holidaymakers heed COVID-19 health warnings

By June 15, 2020 No Comments
Major roads where holidaymakers would sit queued for hours on their way home from their Easter break were eerily quiet this long weekend after many heeded COVID-19 health warnings to stay home.
Data for transport movements over the first three days of the Easter weekend to Saturday showed a 13 per cent drop on the same time last year.
In 2018, thousands of people were caught in bottle necks on Copper Coast Highway and National Highway One in South Australia as traffic jams stretched for kilometres back from the peninsula.
Easter during the COVID-19 pandemic in Sydney in 2020.
Easter during the COVID-19 pandemic in Sydney in 2020.(Nine)
The intersection of the Copper Coast Highway and National Highway One is renowned for its heaving traffic during holiday periods.
Today the 9News helicopter soared over virtually empty roads in Sydney, showing a stark contrast to previous years where scores of people returned home on the major arterials.
Health Minister Greg Hunt today praised Australians for “saving lives and protecting lives” by refraining from travel.
“That means that Australians are making a difference,” he said.
Motorists also experienced major Easter traffic delays in Sydney in 2018.
Motorists also experienced major Easter traffic delays in Sydney in 2018.(Nine)
The intersection of the Copper Coast Highway and National Highway 1 heading south from the Yorke Peninsula is packed with cars.
The intersection of the Copper Coast Highway and National Highway 1 heading south from the Yorke Peninsula is packed with cars.(Nine)
Meanwhile, Queensland police handed out 500 fines and turned away more than 900 motorists at the state’s borders this Easter weekend as officers crack down on social distancing rules.
Mr Hunt said the curve of new COVID-19 cases in Australia had now flattened, with growth in cases down to 2 percent per day.
Australia has more than 6300 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 61 deaths. More than 3300 cases have recovered.
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