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Major carrier issues statement on coronavirus speculation

A respected national freight business has moved fast to respond to reports linking it to a recent COVID-19 outbreak.

Express freight specialist, Border Express, has confirmed none of its drivers have tested positive amid speculation a Wetherhill Park freight business was the origin of the latest outbreak in Sydney.

Border tensions have risen this week between Victoria and New South Wales, in light of revelations that an infected Melbourne freight worker was responsible for 34 new cases of coronavirus including those traced back to the Crossroads Hotel where the yet to be identified worker attended a party with colleagues.

The worker also visited several local businesses in and around Casula in Sydney's southwest including a gym and aged care facility which is now in lockdown.

Border Express CEO Mostafa Kassaby issued a statement today in response to reports that drivers from a business in Wetherill Park, where Border Express along with several other freight carriers have facilities, had tested positive to COVID-19.

"It has come to our attention of recent media reports of a trucking company having six drivers who have tested positive for COVID-19," he said via a statement on LinkedIn. 

"Reports and pictures by the media have been centered around our facility at Wetherill Park. This report is completely false and untrue and I can confirm no driver at Border Express Sydney facility has tested positive for COVID-19," said Kassaby.

"It is business as usual as our interstate linehauls have access passes to cross over borders and we continue to support the country with essential goods distribution across the national network."

Kassaby said that while the situation continued to challenge many organisations, Border Express was practicing all safety protocols outlined by the health authorities.

These included adhering to the enforcement of safe distancing rules, regulatory sanitation, and twice daily cleaning of its facilities and equipment.

"Furthermore, Border Express is registered with the NSW Government as a 'COVID Safe Business' as we have all the right plans in place for a COVID-safe business place. We continue to stay close to the daily changing landscape of this pandemic."

A downgrade to Stage 4 restrictions has not yet been ruled out by the Victorian Government amid increasing criticism it had bungled the handling of quarantined travellers and enforcement of social distancing regulations.

Australian Defence Force personnel today were mobilised in South Australia to help Melbourne law enforcement police hot spots as the city braces again for triple digit virus infection numbers.

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