The upsurge in coronavirus cases in the Australian city of Melbourne has prompted the government to announce the closure of the Victoria-New South Wales border on Monday. This is the first such measure since the pandemic started.
The closure will take effect on Tuesday at 11:59 a.m. (local time), although permission to cross the border can be obtained the same day, as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.
The decision was made after Victoria confirmed 127 cases of COVID-19 and given the possibility that the Melbourne focus of infection could cause a second wave of infection. In addition, health authorities have pointed out that two possible cases have been discovered in the border town of Albury that triggered all the alarms.
While those arriving from Melbourne will be subject to restrictions starting Monday, residents of New South Wales wishing to return home from Victoria must go through a 14-day quarantine starting Wednesday.