Vic could consider tougher border rules

Victoria could consider stricter border restrictions as concerns grow about the New South Wales COVID-19 outbreak.

While Melbourne’s restrictions eased further at midnight on Thursday and the state has gone nine days without any new locally acquired cases, NSW has announced 44 fresh cases.

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley was asked on Friday if the state would look at a further tightening of its travel permit system.

“If my recollection is correct, it’s probably the highest figure in the country since the end of Victoria’s second wave,” Mr Foley said.

“New South Wales’ fight is our fight. We need them to be successful.

“What it does indicate is the growing seriousness of the matter.

“I’m sure that our public health team will look very closely at that and if further measures need to be taken to keep Victorians safe from community transmission of the virus, then we won’t hesitate to do so.”

The health department on Friday confirmed there was one COVID-19 case in hotel quarantine, with the total number of active infections in the state remaining at 21. 

Some 25,590 tests were processed in the 24 hours to Friday morning, while 15,665 Victorians received a vaccine dose at one of the state-run hubs.

Melbourne has now moved to the same restrictions currently in place in regional Victoria.

Masks will no longer be required at schools and in workplaces where staff are not interacting with the public while retail, hospitality, stadiums and other venues will be able to increase their capacity and dancefloors can reopen. 

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