Australia's most populous states to shut shared border amid virus spike

Daniel Fowler
July 6, 2020

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has previously said closing the border would be a last-ditch option but did not publically state what the trigger point would be.

The state line is highly porous, with 55 roads, wilderness parks and rivers.

There have been 140 people diagnosed with Covid-19 in the past 24 hours: 127 in Victoria, 10 in NSW and three in WA.

"I'm seeing this as possibly needing to shut down again, but it's a bit early for me, not knowing the exact details", McKenzie told Reuters. Everywhere else in Australia, the vast majority of people who tested positive for the virus were infected overseas or had been infected by a returned traveler, Berejiklian said.

Paul Armstrong, who runs a petrol station in Wodonga, a border town on the Victorian side, said his children live in New South Wales but go to school in Victoria.

Speaking to The Age, Tehiya Umer, a resident of a Flemington high-rise, said "They are treating us like criminals for nothing".

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New South Wales police will enforce the Victorian border closure.

The Victoria-NSW border remained open during the strict lockdown period from March to May, although Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia all closed their borders.

The country has reported an average of 109 cases daily over the past week, compared with an average of just 9 cases daily over the first week of June.

"These new outbreaks send a strong signal that the other states should rethink the pace of easing of their COVID-19 restrictions until community transmission in Melbourne is under control to avoid the risk of a similar situation playing out in their own communities", he said in a statement.

Kensington is one of the 30 suburbs that have reimposed social distancing measures.

On the weekend, authorities enacted a "hard lockdown" on nine housing estate tower blocks - confining 3,000 people to their homes - after a cluster of cases were found.

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