Australia closes state border for the 1st time in 100 years

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To contain the spread of coronavirus, Australia has closed the border between Victoria and New South Wales for the first time in 100 years. Officials last blocked movement between the two states in 1919 due to the Spanish flu pandemic which originated in 1918. The move comes as number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria’s capital Melbourne has surged. The move will, however, likely be a blow to Australia’s economic recovery as it heads into its first recession in nearly three decades.