NSW border to close as Victoria's worst daily total recorded overnight

NSW border to close as Victoria's worst daily total recorded overnight

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton wrapped up their press conference this morning and confirmed that the NSW-Victoria border will close at 11.59pm on Tuesday. Decision was made following talks between both states' premiers and the Prime Minister this morning.

NSW Premire Gladys Berejiklian says there has been no other choice but to close the border, as community transmission spreads.

“What is happening in Victoria is very different which is why we have had to take this necessary step.

We wouldn’t have taken this step, unless we absolutely had to and, in essence, it also takes pressure off Victorian resources because our police and our health officials are able to do their jobs on this side of the border and allow the Victorian officials, whether it is their health officials or their police to focus on getting our control of the virus.

I appreciate that the Victorian Premier has already spoken to the media and to he would have outlined the fact the community spread is increasing throughout Melbourne and we are also concerned, based on the health advice I received this morning, that there is no guarantee that some of the people in regional Victoria may have not been - what they call seeding.” Said Premire Gladys Berejiklian 

Victoria has recorded 127 new cases in the latest 24-hour reporting period, the state's highest ever daily case increase. Thirty-four were linked to known outbreaks, 40 were discovered through routine testing and 53 are being investigated.

A man in his 90s died from the deadly virus in the past 24 hours, while 34 cases were linked to known outbreaks, 40 to routine testing and 53 remain under investigation.

Cases of infections in Melbourne’s locked down public housing towers have doubled with the tally at 53, a total of 26 more than yesterday.

Victoran Premiere  said that  “permit-based” system would determine who is allowed to cross the border, with the NSW to announce later today the logistics about the operation.

 It will be enforced on the NSW side of the border. Victorians will require a permit to enter NSW and there will be special permissions for border communities such as Albury-Wodonga.

NSW is currently conducting 2000 tests a day for Victoria, after the state recorded more than 50,000 tests over the weekend. This number may be increased, with Mr Andrews saying he is grateful for all of the interstate support he has received.

182 new coronavirus cases recorded in Victoria over the weekend with just one of those cases in a returned traveller in hotel quarantine. There were 20 new cases recorded across Saturday & Sunday in NSW and  19 of which were in hotel quarantine.

Additional Australian Defence Force personnel will be deployed to assist with Victoria's coronavirus pandemic response.

Premier Daniel Andrews said more ADF assistance had been requested for logistics purposes, the defence personnel set to assist at testing sites.

Mr Andrews said he was in discussions with the Prime Minister over further ADF support.