Australia's Victoria set to tighten lockdown as coronavirus spreads

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 2, 2020

Now the state accounts for about 60% of Australia's 17,300 cases.

It comes as the Victorian Government announced new restrictions to comes into place.

Andrews had warned this week that Melbourne's lockdown restrictions could be extended past the initial mid-August end date and further social-distancing measures taken if daily case numbers remained high.

Mr Andrews said the restrictions were necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The premier provided no detail at his press conference on what was being considered, but sources close to the planning process say Melbourne could move to "stage four", likely to be in force for six weeks, as early as Wednesday under the plan being considered.

The Northern Territory has reported one new case of coronavirus - a woman who travelled from Melbourne.

Melbourne will to go into strict Stage Four lockdown from 6pm on Sunday until at least September 13, during which students will go back to at-home learning. "This means that police and others have additional powers".

Moves being considered as part of the stage four response include an nearly total shutdown of Melbourne's bus, tram and rail networks, stricter rules that would force residents to stay even closer to their homes and the shutdown of many more businesses.

However, cafes and restaurants would still be able to provide takeaway services, unlike during New Zealand's Level 4 lockdown.

There are 49 new "mystery" cases, taking suspected community transmission to almost 2000 cases.

The premier said the time for warnings had passed and a "much bigger fine" through the courts is being considered as an alternative to on-the-spot fines.

"They (further restrictions) are not decisions that would be taken lightly because there are significant costs. even minor changes have a significant cost". "What we may be doing now may not be enough".

Premier Daniel Andrews said he understood the deaths of a man and woman in their 80s and a woman in her 90s were linked to aged care, where 1008 cases are now active.

Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles said extra nurses had been provided to the facility and all staff and the residents at the home were being tested.

Victoria's rate of infection has climbed to 164.9 per 100,000 residents, versus NSW's 46.5.

Seventy-three of the new cases are linked to known outbreaks while 598 remain under investigation.

There are now 5,919 active cases in Victoria, 95.8% of the nation's total.

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