NSW-Victoria border to close after COVID-19 spike in Melbourne

| 06.07,20. 12:05 PM |

NSW-Victoria border to close after COVID-19 spike in Melbourne

The border between NSW and Victoria will close from midnight as Victoria records  it biggest spike in COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.

The NSW-Victoria border will be closed from 11.59pm tomorrow night, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed.

Mr Andrews said the decision was made after a phone call between Prime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian this morning.

Another 127 were virus cases were recorded overnight - the highest figure since the pandemic began and a man in his 90s died.

It will be the first time NSW and Victoria have introduced border restrictions since the start of the pandemic.

"All of us agreed that the best thing to do is to close the border," Mr Andrews said.

"That closure will be enforced on the NSW side, so as not to be a drain on resources that are very much focused on fighting the virus right now across our state.

"I am grateful to the Premier of NSW for her support in giving effect to that."

The border closure was described as a "precautionary measure" to contain the virus outbreak ongoing in Victoria.

NSW's Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant advised Ms Berejiklian it was time for the move.

Mr Andrews said there would be a permit system for people who needed to cross the border into NSW, particularly those residing in Albury-Wodonga on the border.

"(It) is the product of a joint decision and an agreement between the Prime Minister, myself and the Premier of NSW, one that I think is the smart call, the right call at this time, given the significant challenges we face in containing this virus," he said.


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