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Victoria’s Virus-Free Streak up to 18 Days

Victoria’s streak of no COVID-19 deaths or new cases has extended to 18 days. Active cases remained at three on Nov 17 and testing jumped dramatically in the previous 24 hours to 17,412, after Monday’s low figure of 6695. But only four days after South Australia announced it would reopen their border on December 1, Victorian health department officials are now meeting all SA arrivals at Melbourne airport to check for symptoms and take temperatures. Adelaide’s northern suburbs outbreak has grown to 17. Deputy Chief Health Officer Allen Cheng said travellers would be asked where they’ve been, and if from an identified “area of risk”, requested to take a test and isolate. “If they refuse to get tested they will be treated as a close contact and be asked to self-isolate for 14 days,” Cheng said. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has not ruled out closing the border with SA. “We’ve …