South Australia has announced plans to close its border to Greater Melbourne, as the Holiday Inn outbreak continues to grow.
Two more cases have emerged this afternoon, with another worker and a former guest, who had already left quarantine, testing positive.
It takes the number of cases now linked to the hotel at Melbourne Airport to eight.
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Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said as of midnight tonight, people from the Greater Melbourne area will not be allowed to enter South Australia.
“We are giving people who are proposing to travel to South Australia as much warning as possible.”
He said authorities were closely monitoring the situation in Victoria, which is “rapidly evolving”.
The news is going to come as a shock to dozens of South Australian residents who have since travelled to Melbourne for the Australian Open.
It gives those travellers just hours to return home, or face two weeks of self-quarantine.