Victoria closed border with all of NSW amid spiralling COVID crisis, Premier Daniel Andrews confirms

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Victoria has decided to close its border with all of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory due to the ongoing COVID crisis.

The hard border will come into force at 11.59pm Sunday when both locations become red zones under Victoria’s travel permit system, health authorities announced.

Premier Daniel Andrews warned Victorians on Sunday to return home immediately or risk being shut out as the NSW COVID crisis worsened.

The news came as NSW recorded its first COVID-19 death of 2021.

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A 90-year-old southwest Sydney woman – believed to be unvaccinated – died on Saturday, hours after being diagnosed COVID-positive. She was a close contact of a locally-acquired coronavirus case.

Her death is the first since the Bondi cluster emerged on June 16, and the first connected to COVID-19 in NSW since a man died in late December.

NSW’s COVID-19 death toll now sits at 57, and the national toll at 911.

It comes as the state records 77 new local COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday, the highest daily total of the current outbreak.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian all but confirmed lockdown provisions in Greater Sydney and surrounds – scheduled to conclude on Friday – will be extended.

Of the 77 cases, only 32 were in isolation for all of their infectious period.

She predicted the number of daily infections will soon hit triple figures.

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