Berejiklian will shut NSW borders with Victoria amid coronavirus spike

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian will shut the state’s border with Victoria amid its coronavirus spike, has confirmed.

The border will be closed tomorrow night after talks between Ms Berejiklian, Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

The move comes after Victoria’s massive spike in coronavirus cases over the weekend — 108 new cases on Saturday and 74 infection yesterday — and follows repeated criticism from Ms Berejiklian of Queensland for doing the same.

Ms Berejiklian’s Government has instituted strict conditions on incoming arrivals from Melbourne’s coronavirus hotspots, with the Premier telling NSW residents not to allow “anyone from a hotspot in Melbourne or from greater Melbourne to come into your home”.

Anyone from an affected Victorian postcode found in NSW could be jailed for six months or fined $11,000.

The same rules apply to NSW residents who visit the Melbourne suburbs.

“It’s not something we want to do but we must do for our own safety,” NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard told reporters last week.

“As soon as you set foot in NSW, you’ll be exposed to the possibility of six months in jail and $11,000 fine,” he said of any Victorians from the areas planning to “slip across” the border.

“So take it seriously, take it very, very seriously.”

But NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay said yesterday the time had come for NSW to shut its borders completely or risk a catastrophe for the community.

“We have confidence that the Andrews Government is taking appropriate action to contain its COVID-19 spread,” Ms McKay said.

“However, our priority must, as always, be the public health of NSW.”

Victorian Liberal MPs had urged Ms Berejiklian to ignore the calls to shut the border.

Speaking to 2GB’s Ben Fordham, Tim Smith said the move would be unfair on rural communities who were being “punished” because of “Daniel Andrews’ incompetence in Melbourne”.

“I would implore Gladys to not listen to that rabble-rousing from the Opposition Leader in NSW,” he said.

“I think it would be a real shame if it was closed. It would absolutely gut regional communities on either side of the Murray River.”

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