Victoria shuts border with SA over growing COVID concerns

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews enforces 48 hour hard border with SA.

South Australia (SA) has reported no new COVID-19 cases during the first day of a six day lockdown, however SA Health has confirmed there are 17 suspected cases linked to the Parafield Cluster.

Despite this, Victoria – who faced recently faced strict lockdowns and have now recorded 20 consecutive days with no new COVID-19 cases or deaths – will impose a hard border with SA from tonight. This comes after fragments of COVID-19 were detected by health officials in waterways along freight corridors.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said that from 11:59 tonight there will be a 48 hour hard border closure between the two states. Under the border, only those with emergency medical reasons, animal welfare reasons, freight drivers or those permitted by law will be able to enter Victoria from SA.

Steven Marshall has cancelled all international flights into SA until November 30. A widespread contact tracing effort is taking place around the clock in an attempt to track down every single person who has been exposed to COVID-19 as a result of the Parafield Cluster.

Currently, there are 35 active COVID-19 cases in South Australia, bringing the total to 515 cases.

More to come.


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