The border between Victoria and New South Wales may not open until the end of January.
Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley said given the spread of COVID in NSW, the hard border is likely to remain in place.
“On current projections, it’s unlikely that the border will be removed before the end of January,” Foley told reporters on Wednesday.
“But this a day-to-day, week-to-week, proposition.
“This is a fast-moving, silent virus that pays no respects to interstate borders.
“The advice is that given the spread, both in numbers-wise and now geographic wise in New South Wales, that prudent, safe measure is to keep the hard border in place until we are confident that the risk of transmission back into Victoria is dealt with.
“At the moment, we aren’t that confident so the border remains in place.”
NSW has recorded another four cases of COVID, authorities announced on Wednesday.
Of the new cases, two are linked to the Berala cluster and another one is linked to the Avalon cluster.
A further case is currently under investigation.
One of those cases, an 18-year-old who travelled into regional NSW, was announced on Tuesday.
One more case were detected in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
Acting Premier John Barilaro said the new cases were detected out of more than 32,000 tests.
SCG Test warning
Cricket fans from Berala and surrounding suburbs face a $1000 fine if they are caught attending the third Test at the SCG when it begins on Thursday.
Roughly 10,000 people will be allowed to attend each day of Australia’s clash with India after the New South Wales government slashed capacity to 25 per cent.
Instead, new tickets went on sale from Monday afternoon after every original ticket sold in the lead-up was cancelled.
The decision to allow fans comes after the Australian Medical Association led calls for the match to be played in front of empty stands because of the risk it could become a super-spreading event.
While the gates will be opened, residents from Auburn, Berala, Lidcombe North, Potts Hill, Regents Park, Wentworthville and Belmore have been warned to stay home or risk being fined by police.