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NSW Health warns against non-urgent travel to Victoria amid latest COVID-19 outbreak

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The health department is advising NSW residents to avoid any non-urgent travel to Greater Melbourne and Bendigo, as authorities investigates Victoria’s latest COVID-19 outbreak.

NSW Health is urging people who have been in Victoria since May 12 to check the website of Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services to see if they have visited any of the venues of concern in the outbreak.

“People with COVID-19 have visited a number of venues in Greater Melbourne and in and near Bendigo while infectious. This includes the Melbourne Cricket Ground and a number of hospitality venues,” a statement from NSW Health said.

“If you attended any of the venues identified at the times listed, please contact NSW Health immediately on 1800 943 553.”

Those people have been advised not to visit venues in NSW such as residential aged care facilities or healthcare facilities unless they are seeking urgent care or are visiting on compassionate grounds.

They should get tested immediately, even if they have the mildest of cold-like symptoms, and then isolate until a negative test is returned, authorities say.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said earlier today restrictions on Victoria could be tightened further in the coming days if the number of infections there continued to grow.

“Unless you really need to go to Melbourne, or even to Victoria for that matter, it might be sensible to put it off for a while,” he said at a press conference with Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

“Let’s just see how things play out down there.”

NSW Health said the Whittlesea municipality, on Melbourne’s northern outskirts, was of particular concern amid the outbreak.

“NSW Health asks that anyone who has been in Whittlesea local government area [to] remain particularly vigilant for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, in light of the community transmission in that area,” it said.

“They should limit their exposures to high-risk settings such as pubs, clubs, gyms, large family gatherings and any crowded indoor settings wherever possible for 14 days since they were last in the [area]. Mask use is strongly encouraged in settings where physical distancing is not possible.”

Anyone arriving in NSW by air, rail or road who has been in the Greater Melbourne or Bendigo area in the past 14 days must complete a travel declaration that confirms they have not attended a venue of concern.

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