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WA slams Victorian border shut

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WA has closed its border to Victoria for the second time since the pandemic started.

From midnight tonight only travellers with an exemption will be able to enter Western Australia from Victoria, after the eastern state was transitioned from a very low-risk state to a medium risk state.

The list of exemptions will be the same as NSW.

Acting Premier Roger Cook also said anyone who has arrived from Victoria on or after the 21st of December must go into self quarantine for 14 days from when the first entered the State.


They will also have to take a coronavirus test on day 11 or at any time if they develop symptoms.

Mr Cook said the increase in case numbers in Victoria overnight from the Sydney outbreak had forced the State’s hand.

But he said compassion would be shown to returning West Aussies who had travelled to Victoria for Christmas.

“They will be dealt with on a compassionate basis, case-by-case by WA Police to do what we can to help them out,” he said.

“But because of the situation in Victoria, returning West Australians will have to self-quarantine for 14 days when they arrive back home and they will need to have a day 11 COVID-19 test.”

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Camera IconCars line up in Victoria waiting to get COVID tests. Credit: News Corp Australia

It comes after Victorian officials revealed Thursday afternoon that an additional two coronavirus cases were confirmed and that the State would be closing its border to NSW from midnight on January 1.

Victorians will have until 11.59pm Friday to return to their State. Anyone who arrives back in Victoria from anywhere in NSW after that time will have to go into isolation for 14 days.

Acting Victorian Premier Jacinta Allan said the State’s COVID-19 total had now moved to eight cases. It is believed all are linked to the NSW cluster.

“This is going to cause some disruption for Victorians who may be holidaying,” Ms Allan said.

“However these difficult decisions are about protecting the community, protecting and keeping case numbers low and doing everything we can to lock in the gains we have made over the course of 2020.”

Fears were sparked after three coronavirus infections were identified on Wednesday, breaking Victoria’s 60-day infection-free run.

A further three cases were identified this morning, and two more this afternoon.

The two additional cases identified on Thursday afternoon are close contacts of the six previously announced.

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