Shake up border rules reveals contradictions as Victoria records 1,993 new cases and seven deaths

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Victoria has recorded 1993 new local cases of coronavirus and seven deaths, as changes to border rules mean vaccinated travelers from New South Wales will be able to visit Victoria without quarantine before the Melburnians can escape the city.

The latest cases came from 79,214 tests while 40,386 people rolled up their sleeves for a COVID-19 jab.

Over 87.6% of Victorians aged 16 and over received one dose of the vaccine, while 63.8% received two.

There are now 21,647 active cases across the state.

The new cases come a day after the state government changed Victoria’s border controls, meaning vaccinated travelers from NSW will be able to visit Victoria without quarantine before Melburnians can get to Ballarat.

Health Minister Martin Foley, who announced the state would remove 14-day quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated people entering from “red zones” on Friday, called the changes the transient abnormality caused by new travel restrictions.

He said people arriving from areas of NSW designated as red zones under the state’s border control system should instead test negative for COVID-19 no more than 72 hours before entering Victoria, then s ” isolate, get tested again within 72 hours and remain in isolation until they receive a negative test result.

At the same time, New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet announced that from November 1 the quarantine would not apply to flights to Sydney of fully vaccinated international travelers, who will be able to then travel to destinations such as Melbourne.

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