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Victoria closes border with Queensland amid COVID lockdown

Victoria has closed its border with Queensland’s ‘Red Zone’ as Australia faces an anxious wait to see if a highly contagious strain of COVID-19 has spread from Brisbane.

On Friday, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Greater Brisbane would enter a three-day lockdown after a cleaner at a quarantine hotel was diagnosed with the more infectious UK virus strain.

Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services issued an update just after 11.15pm, advising anyone who intended to travel from the ‘Red Zone’ areas into the state “will not be able to enter”.

From midnight Friday, anyone who has been in Brisbane City Council, Redland City Council, Ipswich City Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council and Logan City Council areas on or after January 2, will not be permitted to enter Victoria unless an exemption applies.

People are seen in the baggage collection area at Tullamarine Airport. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE

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