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Vic borders to remain open amid virus

By AAP Newswire

Victoria's borders will remain open for now, as the state government introduces tougher measures to contain the coronavirus.

Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed Victoria's borders with NSW and SA will remain open, despite moves by other states to close theirs.

"I'm not interested in closing our borders I don't think that makes a lot of sense for us," he told reporters.

Mr Andrews cited Albury Wodonga Health as an example, saying the cross-border public hospital was run by the state government.

"There will be similar examples on other border towns along the Murray (River)," he said.

The premier said if people follow the latest restrictions, including on non-essential travel, the borders could remain open.

"If social distancing is applied, if people use common sense, act in their interest in and the interest of everybody else, instead of acting in a selfish way, then I don't think we need to get to the point (of shutting borders)," Mr Andrews said.

The premier's comments come despite moves by the Northern Territory, SA, Tasmania and WA governments to implement their own border restrictions.

Any Victorian entering SA will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, and the border controls will apply to all road, air, rail and sea access points.