MONDAY, JULY 7
The Victorian border with New South Wales will be closed from Tuesday night following talks between Premiers Daniel Andrews and Gladys Berejiklian and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
The decision follows a weekend that saw Victoria’s case numbers continue to spiral with a further 127 reported overnight. A man in his 90s died in a Victorian hospital overnight.
The Victorian Premier said the three leaders agreed closing the border would be the “smart call” at this point in time.
“That closure will be enforced on the New South Wales side, so as not to be a drain on resources that are very much focused on fighting the virus right now across our state,” Mr Andrews said.
The spike in COVID-19 cases has resulted in big swathes of Melbourne being placed in lockdown including nine public housing towers in inner Melbourne.
Police are patrolling the entrances to the towers and Healthcare workers will keep going door-to-door today as they test the 3,000 residents in the nine towers
In other COVID-19 news:
- Flight attendants and baggage handling staff from Qantas and Jetstar have been brought in to work in Melbourne’s quarantine hotels, but won’t be involved in security work.
- Australian Medical Association president Tony Bartone has called for a nationwide “sensible and necessary pause” on the easing of coronavirus restrictions. He is warning an outbreak like the one in Melbourne could have happened anywhere.
- Spain has locked down another area after an outbreak of coronavirus was detected, putting 70,000 more people under restrictions until at least next weekend.
- The US, new case numbers have dropped under 50,000 for the first time in four days but there are fears of surges in infections coming from Independence Day celebrations.
- One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson has gone on a spectacular offensive against the Melbourne residents trapped the nine housing commission towers, calling them “drug addicts” and saying they should have learnt English before coming to Australia. She was being interviewed on the Today show this morning, by co-host Ally Langdon
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