Victoria will declare South Australia a hot spot but will not close its border with its neighbour after an outbreak of coronavirus cases.
As Victoria recorded its 17th straight day of no new COVID-19 infections, a cluster in South Australia jumped from three to 17 infections overnight following a testing blitz.
Premier Daniel Andrews said on Monday morning Victoria would follow the Northern Territory and Tasmania in declaring South Australia a hot spot.
While Mr Andrews said there would be additional screening and potentially rapid testing when a traveller arrived in Victoria from South Australia, he said the borders would remain open.
“We’re looking to get these borders open,” the Premier said.
“There will be a process where we sit down and talk with them about where they’ve been.
“We want a situation where every border in the country is opened by Christmas time so that we can have that COVID-normal Christmas, not just in Victoria but for those who have done it very hard not being able to visit family and friends.”
Mr Andrews also extended an offer of support to his South Australian counterpart Steven Marshall to help deal with the outbreak of cases.
But when pressed by reporters, Mr Andrews wouldn’t rule out closing the state’s border to South Australia if the outbreak worsened.