Victorian residents informed to brace for longer lockdown as COVID-19 outbreak grows

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says it’s too early to inform whether or not there might be an extension of the state’s five-day COVID-19 lockdown.

The premier stated on Sunday the state was not seeing any new chains of transmission opening up and the outbreak was unfolding as the federal government “hoped it will”.

“This lockdown will not be on any longer than it must be,” Mr Andrews stated.

Victoria recorded 16 new domestically acquired instances within the 24 hours to midnight on Saturday however authorities suggested there had been an additional case added within the hour earlier than Sunday’s press convention.

The extra case was a person in Mildura who had introduced at hospital with COVID-19 signs after he attended the Carlton-Geelong AFL match on the Melbourne Cricket Floor final Saturday.

When requested whether or not regional areas could be out of lockdown prior to different locations, the premier stated he had no recommendation to shorten the lockdown for anyone.

There have been 53,283 take a look at outcomes returned over the past 24-hour reporting interval and 16,751 vaccines administered in Victoria.

Victoria has additionally recorded two new infections acquired abroad, presently in resort quarantine, bringing the full variety of lively instances to 71.

The domestically acquired instances are all linked to the present outbreaks and Victoria’s well being division stated it’s participating with six faculties after they had been linked to constructive instances.


On Saturday authorities estimated there have been 10,000 “major shut contacts” in Victoria and by Sunday morning had recognized 217 potential COVID-19 publicity websites throughout the state.

A number of the publicity websites and shut contacts have unfold to regional Victoria.

Websites of concern embody pubs, golf equipment, eating places, sporting venues, procuring centres, faculties and gymnasiums in metropolitan Melbourne, suburbs and a number of places at Phillip Island, a two-hour drive south of Melbourne.

A global rugby match has additionally been listed as an publicity web site.

📍Melbourne: AAMI Park, Gate 7, Wallabies v France match – anybody who entered Gate 7 between the beneath time:

◾13 July between 7:56pm – 8:13pm

Our public well being groups are reviewing publicity dangers at this web site. Test again for any updates.

— VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) July 18, 2021

The rising record of web sites and restrictions could be discovered right here. 

A stay-at-home order is because of expire at midnight on Tuesday, however might be prolonged based mostly on knowledge together with case numbers and publicity websites, Chief Well being Officer Brett Sutton stated.

“Each Victorian must prepared themselves for what may emerge over the subsequent 24/48 hours,” he stated on Saturday.

“All I can say is the response could not have been higher. The judgements which were made round a tough and quick lockdown have been the precise ones. And that is bought us on observe.

“We have settings in place till Tuesday midnight and we’ll make one other evaluation day by day over the subsequent three days.”


Victorian Well being Minister Martin Foley stated the state seems to be ahead to the Commonwealth’s vaccination program push.

“I do not suppose it is a state secret that we’re a good distance behind the place we ought to be within the vaccination program,” he informed reporters on Saturday.

“That is likely one of the elements that has helped form the general public well being workforce’s choice to go exhausting and go early (with a lockdown), since you can’t shield Victorians with what’s, I feel, 12 per cent of Victorians vaccinated.”

Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania have imposed border restrictions with Victoria.

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