One person has died after trucks collided and went up in flames just outside Bordertown, shortly after South Australia closed its border with Greater Melbourne on concerns over a Victorian COVID-19 outbreak

The border closure caused a rush to get into South Australia before the deadline Police said it took hours to process a long line of vehicles

The truck crash three miles from Bordertown closed the Dukes Highway in both directions and stopped access to both states. SA motorists entering Victoria will be diverted south onto Meatworks Road towards Naracoorte Victoria is accessed via the Wimmera Highway, while people driving into Victoria are advised to avoid Bordertown

SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said the circumstances of the crash were being investigated and the other two truck drivers had been hospitalized with minor injuries

“A truck went into the back of another vehicle and forced it into another truck, and those trucks were already lining up waiting to enter South Australia

“This is clearly a tragic situation in which a person lost their life, but in reality we have been doing these checkpoints for months and months

Stevens announced to the public around 9:00 p.m. yesterday evening that the tough border closure would go into effect, due to an outbreak of a quarantine hotel in Melbourne that has grown to eight cases

The closure, which will take effect at 12:01 a.m. this morning, bans all residents of the Greater Melbourne area from entering the state, while returning SA residents, key travelers and resettlement residents must be isolated at home for 14 days. p>

The instruction applies to all persons who on or after the 4th February was in the greater Melbourne area, but has no impact on travel from regional Victoria or within cross-border communities

Stevens told reporters yesterday that the authorities would be looking at the establishment of additional border checkpoints in Melbourne in the coming days

“We’re going to reevaluate this depending on the activity we see in Victoria related to the potential increase in the number of places we have checkpoints””

There are seven commercial scheduled flights from Melbourne to Adelaide today, with travelers from other states being allowed to transit to South Africa via Melbourne Airport provided they have previously spent time in a low-community transfer zone

The new border direction comes after the COVID outbreak at the Holiday Inn quarantine hotel in Melbourne grew to eight cases yesterday after a third worker and a second guest were released from quarantine

This is in addition to a family of three at the hotel who have all contracted the virus overseas

Victorian health officials suspect the cases may be related to the use of a nebulizer, a device that vaporizes drugs or liquids into a fine mist

The nebulizer was used by a family member with an underlying health condition and was taken to the intensive care unit on Tuesday

Brett Sutton, Victorian’s chief public health officer, said it was possible that everyone on this floor of the hotel was exposed to the virus

“The risk with an aerosolized virus is very high and I think we should expect more cases,” he told reporters on Wednesday

The Holiday Inn breakout, which has forced 220 hotel workers into 14 days of isolation, prompted Victorian authorities yesterday to close the contested facility and move 48 of their guests to the Pullman Hotel in Melbourne

Within a week there were seven cases of COVID-19 transmission in three Victorian quarantine hotels, three of which have been confirmed to have contracted the more infectious British strain

Nicola Spurrier, SA’s chief public health officer, told reporters yesterday that she was “very concerned” about the Victorian situation due to the British variant

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