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Victoria has effectively closed its border with all of NSW and the ACT over concerns that COVID-19 could leak out of Sydney. The state’s incumbent chief health officer has told NSW and the ACT will become red zones under Victoria’s travel authorization system from 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. Previously, both the regional NSW and ACT were listed as orange zones, allowing people from those areas to enter Victoria if tested and isolated until they gave a negative result. But they’ll soon be placed in the same category as Sydneysiders and those in the surrounding areas, hot on the heels of NSW, which recorded 77 new local cases on Sunday. “Victorian health officials are concerned about the risks of transmission beyond the current red zones in the greater Sydney area and the potential risks this poses to the Victorian community from people entering our state,” the health department said. After the Sunday night deadline, Victorian residents can still return from red zones, but will be required to isolate themselves at home for 14 days. The “bubble” rule along the Victorian-NSW border remains intact for residents, although they have to continue traveling with proof of address and are not allowed to enter red zones. However, authorities ask border residents not to travel outside of the bubble at any time. Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews, who grew up in Wangaratta near the state’s northern border, announced the impending tightening of travel restrictions with NSW on Sunday. “We don’t want this virus here in our state,” he told reporters. “I would say to all Victorians in Sydney and NSW in the broader sense that when you get home you should be quick.” Many warnings have been given of this exact type of outcome. ”He also warned people against attempting to sneak out of red zones into Victoria without proper papers as police and authorized officers continue to monitor Victoria’s crossings and airports very, very famous, “he said. Australia’s main health protection committee met on Sunday, with Andrews hoping officials would agree to a national border approach with NSW. But if it doesn’t, he said Victoria would act independently if her experts deemed it necessary. “I will not hesitate to do it,” Andrews said. While admitting that it was in the power of the state, Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said that the Commonwealth did not support closing the border with NSW. “It is not an easy thing to close the border with NSW, “he told reporters in Canberra. “There are many, many places where people can cross that line, so I’m sure the decision will not be taken lightly.” The border decision came when Victoria recorded no local case of COVID-19 and no new infections in hotel quarantine on Sunday for the 11th day in a row. In the 24 hours leading up to Sunday morning, about 23,300 tests were performed while nearly 13,000 Victorians were given a vaccine dose at one of the state centers. A July 2 Qantas flight from Launceston to Melbourne remains the state’s only listed exposure site. A health care worker was on flight QF1542 en route to London, where she tested positive two days later. Everyone aboard the domestic flight must be tested and isolated until they get a negative result. Australian Associated Press

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Victoria has effectively closed its border with all of NSW and the ACT over concerns that COVID-19 could leak out of Sydney.

The state’s incumbent chief health officer has told NSW and the ACT will become red zones under Victoria’s travel authorization system from 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

Previously, both the regional NSW and ACT were listed as orange zones, allowing people from those areas to enter Victoria if tested and isolated until they gave a negative result.

But they’ll soon be placed in the same category as Sydneysiders and those in the surrounding areas, hot on the heels of NSW, which recorded 77 new local cases on Sunday.

“Victorian health officials are concerned about the risks of transmission beyond the current red zones in the greater Sydney area and the potential risks this poses to the Victorian community from people entering our state,” the health department said.

After the Sunday night deadline, Victorian residents can still return from red zones, but will be required to isolate themselves at home for 14 days.

The “bubble” rule along the Victorian-NSW border remains intact for residents, although they must continue traveling with proof of address and are not allowed to enter red zones.

However, authorities ask border residents not to travel outside of the bubble at any time.

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews, who grew up in Wangaratta near the state’s northern border, announced the impending tightening of travel restrictions with NSW on Sunday.

“We don’t want this virus here in our state,” he told reporters.

“I would tell all the Victorians in Sydney and NSW in general that when you get home you’d better be quick.

“Many warnings have been issued against precisely this type of outcome.”

He also warned people against sneaking out of red zones into Victoria without proper papers as police and authorized officers continue to monitor Victoria’s crossings and airports.

“If you do the wrong thing, you will be found, you will be fined, and you have every chance of becoming very, very famous,” he said.

The Australian Health Protection Main Committee met on Sunday and Mr Andrews was hoping officials would agree to a national border approach with NSW.

But if it doesn’t, he said Victoria would act independently if her experts deemed it necessary.

“I will not hesitate to do it,” said Mr. Andrews.

Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly admitted it was in the power of the state, but said the Commonwealth did not support closing the border with NSW.

“Closing the border with NSW is not easy,” he told reporters in Canberra.

“There are many, many places where people can cross that line, so I’m sure the decision will not be taken lightly.”

The border decision came when Victoria recorded no local case of COVID-19 and no new infections in hotel quarantine on Sunday for the 11th day in a row.

In the 24 hours leading up to Sunday morning, about 23,300 tests were performed while nearly 13,000 Victorians were given a vaccine dose at one of the state centers.

A July 2 Qantas flight from Launceston to Melbourne remains the state’s only listed exposure site.

A health care worker was on flight QF1542 en route to London, where she tested positive two days later.

Everyone aboard the domestic flight must be tested and isolated until they get a negative result.

Australian Associated Press

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