Western Australia will reintroduce a hard border with Victoria after a cluster of 26 coronavirus cases was detected in Melbourne’s north.

Victoria will enter a seven-day lockdown from midnight on Thursday in a bid to contain the outbreak which includes 79 exposure sites.

From 10am Perth time, Victoria will be designated a “medium-risk” jurisdiction under WA’s controlled border regime.

Travel will be blocked for anyone who has been in Victoria since May 16 unless they secure an exemption.

The exemption criteria include senior government officials, active military personnel, federal MPs, transport, freight and logistics workers and individuals approved on compassionate grounds.

“This is a concerning and a fast-developing situation, however the controls we have already put in place have mitigated the risk,” Premier Mark McGowan told reporters.

People who have recently travelled to Victoria and need to return to WA will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon returning home.

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Those who have already returned after being in Victoria since May 16 are required to get tested within 48 hours and self-quarantine until they return a negative result.

Previously they only had to get tested if they had been to a confirmed exposure site.

Mr McGowan said 531 people were due to fly to WA from Victoria on Thursday but the number was likely to drop as flights were cancelled and people adjusted their plans.

He said the wide spread of the virus in Victoria was troubling.

“The concerning pattern of this outbreak is exactly the kind of situation we had in mind when making decisions to lock down WA in the past,” he said.

  • Where to get a COVID test in WA, go here 
  • Frequently asked questions regarding COVID, go here 
  • Full list of confirmed exposure sites in Victoria, go here
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