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Health authorities urged Victorians in regional NSW to return home immediately as the borders could change rapidly and there was a “significant likelihood” a hard border could be put in place.
On Sunday, Victoria recorded no new local cases of coronavirus and no new cases acquired in hotel quarantine or interstate – bringing the state’s total active cases to 20.
More than 23,000 people were tested and almost 13,000 came forward for vaccinations.
Health authorities also issued a warning on Saturday for passengers who travelled from Launceston to Melbourne on QF1542 on July 2 after a Tasmanian traveller on board the aircraft later tested positive to COVID-19 in London.
Victorians have been given their final warning to return home from
NSW as health officials say they could shut the border between the two states “in the coming hours or days”.
NSW recorded 50 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm, Friday, in what has become Australia’s largest outbreak since Victoria’s second wave last year.
On Saturday, Victoria’s COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar urged Victorians in regional NSW to return home immediately because there was a “significant likelihood” a hard border could be put in place.
“If you are a Victorian in regional NSW, you should have left already; you need to come home now,” he said on Saturday afternoon. “The chances are that at some point in the coming hours or days, we will be forced to upgrade NSW to red.
“This thing’s on a razor’s edge.”
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