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State borders are being locked in Australia as the New South Wales COVID-19 cluster continues to expand.

Victoria will close its border to New south Wales from 11:59 pm on January 1 after the Victorian health authorities detected two new cases today.

Victoria closes the border with all NSW

Any Victorian currently in the New South Wales Green Zone will have until tomorrow night to go home.

This does not include Victorians in the Blue Mountains City Council and Wollongong City Council local government areas, who must apply for a new permit and arrive by 11:59 p.m. tonight, the government said.

Any Victorian, regardless of their place of arrival in New South Wales, will need to be tested and then quarantined for 14 days after 11:59 p.m. tomorrow.

Acting Premier Jacinta Allan said that two new cases detected in Victoria today are close contacts of existing positive cases and are currently under quarantine.

The number of close contacts in quarantine is now more than 70.

Victoria recorded five new community infections today after three yesterday.

“We have to do everything we can to secure the situation we have here in Victoria, stay ahead of the case numbers, especially in light of the numbers of cases coming out of New South Wales, and protect the valuable gains we have made over the years. the 2020 course here in Victoria, “said Ms. Allan.

The acting prime minister apologized for the inconvenience it would cause people.

“This is going to cause some disruption for Victorians who may be on vacation – we apologize for this disruption, however these tough decisions are about protecting the community, protecting and keeping the caseload low, and doing everything possible. to ensure the achievements we made over the course of 2020 so we can move on to 2021 and have a much better year in 2021. “

“The virus moves fast, we have to move faster.”

All indoor meetings at home were reduced from 30 people to 15.

Police officers patrol and verify entry permits to Victoria at a border checkpoint on December 29, 2020 in Mallacoota, Australia. Border restrictions remain in place between Victoria and New South Wales, as NSW health authorities continue to work to contain a coronavirus outbreak on Sydney’s North Beaches. The Victorian border remains closed to residents and visitors of Greater Sydney and the Central Coast. (Photo by Diego Fedele / Getty Images) (Getty)

WA puts hard border with Victoria

The WA border will be closed to Victorians beginning at 12:01 am on January 1.

Victoria has been declared ‘medium risk’ in light of her eight recent cases.

Victorians arriving in WA on or after December 21 will need to be tested and isolated.

South Australia has a strict border with New South Wales

Prime Minister Steven Marshall made the announcement this morning.

From midnight to 12:01 a.m. on January 1, travelers from New South Wales will not be allowed to enter South Australia, with few exceptions.

Border passes will continue to be required and 14-day self-isolation will apply.

Northern Territory declares access point to Sydney

NT Health Minister Natasha Fyles said that from midnight tonight, NT will declare the greater Sydney area as a COVID-19 hotspot.

Anyone arriving at the NT from the greater Sydney area since midnight tonight will enter mandatory quarantine.

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