NSW closes its border with Victoria as coronavirus cases spike across Melbourne

The Victorian border with New South Wales will be closed from Wednesday following an escalation of coronavirus cases in Melbourne hotspots.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the closure at a press conference this morning following talks with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Prime Minister Scott Morrison as Victoria recorded 127 new coronavirus cases overnight.

“That closure will be enforced on the New South Wales side, so as not to be a drain on resources that are very much focused on fighting the virus right now across our state,” Andrews said.

Andrews said there would be a permit system for people who needed to cross the NSW border.

“There will be a facility for people who live on those border communities to be able to travel to and from for the purposes of work, the purposes of the essential health services they might need,” he said.

Victoria is struggling to contain a surge in cases linked to poor security protocols at two Melbourne hotels being used a quarantine facilities for returning overseas travellers.

Victoria has since locked down nine public housing estates in inner Melbourne in a bid to contain an outbreak of the virus.