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    New quarantine deal for Tas/Vic

    The Tasmanian and Victorian governments have arranged a quarantine-swap deal. Tasmania has agreed to quarantine farm workers heading for the Victorian harvest, while Victoria will provide quarantine facilities for overseas Tasmanians wanting to return home.…
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    Vic border and visitor restrictions eased

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    Easing restrictions for Greater Brisbane

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    Victoria eases borders for parts of Sydney -sharenews

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    Overseas travel remains unlikely this year -sharenews

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    Vaccine may be ticket to NSW venue entry -sharenews

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    Tas tracing done from Brisbane hotel cluster

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    Chief medic calms concerns about vaccine -sharenews

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    NSW issues virus alert for Brisbane hotel -sharenews

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    US coronavirus deaths hit new daily high -sharenews

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    NSW still trying to link 14 COVID cases -sharenews

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    Numbers cut on three repatriation flights -sharenews

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    Virus cases low as states clash on borders -sharenews

    Border closures have sparked fresh tensions between state governments after the end of Brisbane's mini-lockdown led to more travel restriction tweaks. A snap shutdown ended on Monday night after three days aimed at stopping a highly contagious coronavirus…
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    Victoria introduces new traffic light system for interstate travel

    Victoria will reopen to regional NSW, with the introduction of a new "traffic light" system for interstate travel. Permits designating regions in other parts of Australia green, orange or red zones depending on coronavirus risk were to go live from 6pm…
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    Some Brisbane arrivals free to leave isolation

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Victoria introduces new traffic light system for interstate travel

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Victoria will reopen to regional NSW, with the introduction of a new "traffic light" system for interstate travel.

Permits designating regions in other parts of Australia green, orange or red zones depending on coronavirus risk were to go live from 6pm Monday.

Regional NSW will be classified orange.

Greater Sydney and Greater Brisbane remain red, although Premier Daniel Andrews says the classifications could change "late in the week".

"Whilst the restrictions that have been imposed in Greater Brisbane come off at 6pm tonight, the public health team is still not 100 per cent confident that we could have people from Brisbane returning to Victoria," he said.

"There are still many close contacts that have not been tested. That's a relatively new outbreak."

Mr Andrews conceded it was a "deeply inconvenient and challenging time" for Victorians stranded interstate, but insisted he had to follow public health advice.

"The stakes are very high here," he said.

He said Victorians planning interstate travel need to be aware to the possibility their plans could change.

"That has got to be part of your thinking because this is not normal," he said.

"We are in a global pandemic. There is no vaccine (in Australia) yet."

Opposition Leader Michael O'Brien labelled the permit requirement for returning from green zone areas a "massive overreach".

"It puts the government in control of every single Victorians' life," he told reporters.

Anyone wanting to come to Victoria from regional NSW will need to apply for a permit via the Services Victoria website.

A $4957 fine will apply for arriving without one and police will continue to patrol the Victoria-NSW border.

Monday marked the fifth consecutive day the state recorded no new local or interstate COVID-19 cases, though a returned traveller in hotel quarantine tested positive.

It brought the state's active case total to 40.

A Victorian child who tested positive after travelling overseas will not be included in the tally, having returned the result after arriving in Israel on January 9.

The child attended Armadale's Explorers Early Learning Centre, 8km southeast of Melbourne, on January 7.

A Department of Health and Human Services spokesman told AAP they were working with colleagues in Israel to confirm the test result.

Cleaning and contact tracing is underway but Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton suspects the case is a false positive.

"Children are extremely low risk of having serious illness," he said.

"They can become infected but transmissibility in childcare settings is pretty low."

The test was a rapid test, which has been proven to be less accurate than a nose and throat swab.

"These rapid point-of-care tests are very useful but they can turn up a positive result in somebody (who is) not truly a case," Prof Sutton said.

About 18,660 people were tested in Victoria on Sunday.


RED ZONE: If you have visited a red zone in the past 14 days you will not be allowed to enter Victoria without an exception or exemption. If you try, you will be fined $4957 and turned away. Greater Brisbane and Greater Sydney remain red zones.

ORANGE ZONE: If you have visited an orange zone you can apply for a permit and need to take a coronavirus test within 72 hours after arriving in Victoria, isolating before and after, until you receive a negative result. From 6pm on Monday, Regional NSW to become an orange zone.

GREEN ZONE: A green zone means you can apply for a permit and enter Victoria.

© AAP 2021

Photo: Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (AAP Image/Erik Anderson)

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