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Dan Andrews says Victorian border with South Australia will remain open after outbreak

Dan Andrews says Victoria will declare South Australia a coronavirus hot spot but has ruled out going one step further.

As Victoria recorded its 17th straight day of no new COVID-19 infections, a cluster in South Australia jumped from three to 17 infections overnight following a testing blitz.

Premier Daniel Andrews said on Monday morning Victoria would follow the Northern Territory and Tasmania in declaring South Australia a hot spot.

While Mr Andrews said there would be additional screening and potentially rapid testing when a traveller arrived in Victoria from South Australia, he said the borders would remain open.

“I’m looking to get these borders open,” the Premier said.

“It’ll be a case-by-case process, when a person arrives at the airport there will be a sit down with them, symptoms, have you been to any specific locations, rapid testing may be a feature of that.

“I want a situation where every border in the country is opened by Christmas time so that we can have that COVID-normal Christmas, not just in Victoria but for those who have done it very hard not being able to visit family and friends.”

Mr Andrews said it hadn’t yet been determined if there would be screening at the land border for people travelling into Victoria from South Australia by road.

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