Victoria will shut its border to all of New South Wales and the ACT from 11.59pm Sunday, but the border bubble will remain in place.
State health officials have grown increasingly concerned about the deepening coronavirus crisis in NSW, which reported the death of a woman in her 90s and 77 new local COVID-19 cases on Sunday.
Australia’s top medical experts met at 1.30pm on Sunday to discuss the situation in Greater Sydney and advise state and territory leaders on whether the border should be sealed shut to NSW entirely.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews offered NSW any support or personnel the state needs to deal with its worsening second wave earlier in the afternoon as he warned Victorians “to be quick about” getting home.
“I’ve offered Gladys [Berejiklian, NSW Premier] and her team any support, any learnings, any understanding, any data, any people that they need,” Mr Andrews said.
“Some things can be done well, from a long way away. Some things are much better to be on the ground and have that local knowledge. But we have made those offers, and we stand ready to support our NSW friends any way that we possibly can. If there’s a problem in Sydney, there’s a problem everywhere.
“We know what Sydney is going through. Second waves are very, very challenging.”
He also urged Victorians in NSW to return home as soon as possible. “Don’t delay, come back today. If you coming home, then you better be quick about it.”