Lockdown restrictions will be put in place for Covid-19 hotspots in Victoria from tomorrow night.
The level 3 stay-at-home orders will come into force from 11.59 pm on Wednesday after 64 new cases were announced in the Australian state today.
Homeowners of particular suburbs will only be permitted to leave their houses for four factors.
These reasons include for work or school, for care or caregiving, for day-to-day workout, for food and other basics.
“They are the acceptable factors to leave however just if you require to. It is not an opportunity to go shoe shopping, it is not an opportunity to be taking day-to-day workout for the entire day,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews stated.
Of the 64 cases, 4 previous cases have actually been reclassified due to duplications, bringing the total variety of cases to 2159.
Of the brand-new cases 13 have been linked to outbreaks, 20 have actually been determined through routine testing and 31 are under investigation.
No new cases have been identified in returned visitors in hotel quarantine.
Six brand-new cases are part of the Stamford Plaza break out, taking the total number of cases because break out to 29.
All cases were close contacts checked while in quarantine.
This is the 14 th successive day of double-digit case growth in Victoria, continuing a worrying pattern of growing cases in particular areas of the state.
The postcodes subject to stay-at-home orders include:
— 3012 (Brooklyn, Kingville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray)
— 3021 (Alban Vale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans)
— 3032 (Ascot Vale, High Point City, Maribyrnong, Travancore)
— 3038 (Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens)
— 3042 (Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie)
— 3046 (Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park)
— 3047 (Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana)
— 3055 (Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale, Moreland West)
— 3060 (Fawkner)
— 3064 (Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickleham, Roxburgh Park and Kalkallo)
Andrews stated this decision was made because of the “unacceptably high rates of neighborhood transmission and the unacceptably high rates of brand-new cases”.
These limitations will be in place for 4 weeks until July 29.
Questions into hotel quarantine programme
On the other hand, a questions will be released into Victoria’s hotel quarantine program after it was exposed several staff members at the hotels had breached protocols.
“Today I got the most comprehensive genomics rundown I have received throughout the pandemic and what that briefing supplied and put to me extremely clearly is that at least a substantial number, and potentially more, of the break outs in the north of the city are attributable through genomic sequencing to team member in hotel quarantine breaching widely known and well understood infection control protocols,” Premier Andrews said.
“That is unacceptable to me. I make certain that will be unacceptable certainly to all of those who will be impacted by the constraints that we have actually needed to reimpose.”
A previous judge will carry out an inquiry into those breaches and any other problems that are discovered in relation to the hotel quarantine program.
“This sequencing connects to break outs and chains of transmission from some time ago. There is a time lag in getting this DNA work,” Andrews stated.
“More current outbreaks that can in any way be attributable to hotel quarantine are a different concern.”
Flights diverted away from Melbourne
Premier Andrews has actually likewise asked for that global flights be diverted far from Melbourne for the next two weeks.
“I will have conversations with other state leaders to explain that and to thank them in advance of the additional load that they will bring,” he said throughout a press conference this afternoon.
“That is for the abundance of care.”
Andrews stated the flights that will be diverted only consist of international flights that would have carried guests who would have had to have gone into hotel quarantine.
“We are basically saying we will not take any further hotel quarantine persons for the duration of 2 weeks and that’s a function of both the announcements I have made today following the genomic testing,” he stated,
“I want all of our energies concentrated on handling the spike in cases and the lockdown.
“In some respects it stands to factor other states are not having to do the sort of door-knocking and contact tracing and mass testing we are doing and I’m deeply grateful for them undoubtedly taking those few hundred individuals.”