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Victoria has classified the New South Wales and Central Coast region as orange zones under its new traffic light permit system, allowing stranded residents to travel home starting at 5:59 p.m. today.

The permit system operates in red, orange and green travel hazard zones.

Greater Sydney and Brisbane remain a red zone, preventing any travel to Victoria.

People in red zones cannot enter Victoria unless they have an exemption.

People in the Orange Zones can travel to the state, provided they test for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arrival and isolate themselves until a negative result is returned.

Green areas allow unrestricted travel to Victoria.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said anyone who wants to travel to Victoria from any state will need a permit starting at 6pm today.

“It will be based on the color code, that is, the state of the virus from where it has been,” he said.

Victorians who come to the state without a valid reason or exemption will be required to isolate themselves at home for 14 days and will be fined $ 4,957.

Interstate residents who arrive at an airport or seaport without a valid reason or exemption will also be fined and returned to their destination on the next available flight.

A case of COVID-19 was detected in hotel quarantine.

More than 18,000 tests were performed in the last 24 hours.

There are 40 active cases in the state.

The Department of Health and Human Services is reviewing 8,000 requests for border waivers, but has only approved just under 900.

Professor Brett Sutton, health director, said the Victorian government would review the ranking of state hot spots every day.

Health authorities hesitate to rule out Greater Brisbane as a red zone until time shows there are no other cases in the region.

“There are, as I say, a few hundred close contacts that have been identified,” said Professor Sutton.

“There are others that may appear in the next few days as more information arrives.

“Therefore, we must continue to test all those close contacts to make sure they are negative.

“It’s still just initial negative tests, there is a potentially 14 day incubation period for close contacts.

“If all those close contacts turn out negative, that would give me a high degree of confidence that we could review the scenario.”

Interstate commuters can apply for permits and exemptions through the Service Victoria portal at www.service.vic.gov.au


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