Travellers returning from south-east Queensland will have to quarantine for 14 days after the Victorian chief health officer declared new red zones on Saturday night.
Brett Sutton spoke about his decision to close the border with areas of Queensland currently into lockdown at a media briefing this morning.
As of 8pm Saturday night the Queensland local government areas of City of Brisbane, Moreton Bay Regional Council, City of Gold Coast, City of Ipswich, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Logan City, Noosa Shire Council, Redland City, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council and Sunshine Coast Regional Council are considered red zones.
Dr Sutton said the decision to class the south-east partsof Queensland as red zones fell in line with the Queensland chief health officer's decision.
"It's important and appropriate that we take the signal from the Queensland chief health officer and apply advice that supports that lockdown," he said. "If you are entering Victoria from red zone, you need a red zone permit unless you are eligible for exemption, exception or another valid permit.
"Only Victoria red zone permit holders will be able to head home, get tested and quarantine for 14 days."
Dr Sutton reminded Victorians that quarantine meant no leaving the house or having visitors.
"Quarantine means you can't leave your home unless it is to get tested or if it is an emergency," he said. "You can't have visitors.
"People who arrived from Queensland before it was a red zone are still considered orange zone arrivals.
"We have 5000 active orange zone arrivals from Queensland over the last 14 days and will be following up with each of them to ensure their negative test has been done and attained.
"We will also bee messaging them to get tested again seven days later because we understand there is a longer period of exposure in Queensland related to the recent outbreak. That will give us greater confidence and help protect the Victorian community."
Victoria's four new cases of coronavirus were all in quarantine during their infectious period.
The Department of Health said all four cases confirmed on Sunday morning were also linked to known outbreaks.
Active cases in Victoria are now at 161 - a further drop of 19 from data released on Saturday.
The new cases come the day after health minister Martin Foley announced a plan that would see more Victorians able to access a first dose of Pfizer vaccine.
Starting on Monday, state government-run vaccination clinic will lengthen the interval between first and second doses of Pfizer from three weeks to six weeks.
"This change is about making sure we can extend the ring of protection the first dose of the vaccine provides to the largest number of Victorians possible," he said.
"As supplies ramp up in weeks and months to come, we will be able to extend that process even more broadly (across the state)."
In Victoria on Saturday there were also 15,841 vaccine doses were administered and 25,779 test results received.
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