South Australia is now being forced into a snap lockdown, while Victorian residents have received the news that they will remain housebound for at least another week.
The South Australian lockdown will kick in at 6.00pm tonight and last for seven days.
It comes after the state confirmed their outbreak is also the highly contagious Delta strain, with five cases now linked to the cluster.
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“We have no alternative but to impose some fairly heavy and immediate restrictions to come in at 6:00pm tonight South Australia moves into lockdown,” SA Premier Steven Marshall said.
“We hate putting these restrictions in place but we believe we have one chance to get this right”.
As part of the strict lockdown, schools will be closed from tomorrow, with elective surgery and construction all put on hold.
The only reasons to leave home will be for essential work, groceries, to care for someone, and healthcare.
The news comes as Victoria’s lockdown is extended for another seven days, until at least midnight on July 27.
Stay-at-home restrictions were due to end at midnight tonight, but Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the risk of the virus outbreak is still far too high.
“Due to the current level of community transmission of COVID-19 in Victoria from the recent NSW incursions, the current lockdown will be extended and travel to Victoria using red zone permits will be temporarily paused, to ensure we run this delta outbreak to ground,” the Premier said.
The state recorded 13 new local virus cases today, four of which were already announced.
At least 12 of the cases have been linked to the current outbreak, but one case is still under investigation.
Premier Andrews said he understands the news of extended lockdown is not what people wanted to hear, but admitted there is no other choice.