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Australia to close internal border after Victoria coronavirus outbreak

People wearing protective face masks practice social distancing while waiting to enter an Apple store on the first day of New South Wales' further eased coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Sydney, Australia, July 1, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The border between Australia’s two most populous states will close from Tuesday for an indefinite period, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said on Monday, following an outbreak of the coronavirus in his state.

Victoria reported 127 new COVID-19 infections overnight, the biggest since the pandemic began. It also reported one death, taking the country’s total tally to 105.

The border closure between Victoria and neighbouring New South Wales state will become effective at 11.59 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Andrews said.

Coronavirus cases have been rising in Melbourne, Victoria’s capital, over the past several days, forcing authorities to enforce strict social-distancing orders in 30 suburbs and put nine public housing towers into complete lockdown.

Reporting by Renju Jose; editing by Jane Wardell

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