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Border closure as Melbourne sees sharp spike in virus cases

DPA
Canberra
The internal border between Australia’s two most populous states, Victoria and New South Wales (NSW), will close after Covid-19 cases have spiked in Victorian capital city Melbourne, state Premiers announced Monday. 
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the closure would come into effect from Tuesday midnight, after a crisis phone talk with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. 
“We have, all of us, agreed that the best thing to do is to close the border,” Andrews said, adding the rising number of new cases is “challenging.”  “This could not be more serious,” he told reporters on Monday.
Victoria has had 20 consecutive days of double-digit new cases, while the rest of the country has seen very few new cases in recent weeks.
“This is unprecedented in Australia. We have not seen anything like this,” Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney.
She said the new Covid-19 cases in Victoria were not overseas cases or direct contacts, so “it’s actually a new phenomenon.”

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