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Australia’s two most populous states will close their shared border from Tuesday night as authorities battle to contain a spike in coronavirus cases that jeopardizes the nation’s economic recovery.

Throughout the pandemic, New South Wales and Victoria had resisted closing the border to avoid adding to economic disruption. But a resurgence of the virus, which has prompted a lockdown across 12 areas of the Victoria state capital, Melbourne, has forced a rethink.

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