Greater Melbourne to remain in lockdown for another week

Greater Melbourne’s lockdown is being extended for another seven days with officials concerned about a number of mystery cases.

Victoria recorded 20 new cases overnight, with five of those yet to be linked to other cases.

Encouragingly though, 14 of those were already in quarantine.


Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says the lockdown will be extended until 11.59pm next Thursday.

“There are simply too many cases and too many cases the origin of which are not clear,” Mr Andrews said.

“This is very challenging, I know, for every single Victorian who would like to be going about their business, they would like to be open and have a degree of freedom that is simply not possible because of this Delta variant.

“The extreme infectivity of this virus and the fact that within a very short space of time we were to open, then we would see cases akin to what’s happening, tragically, in Sydney right now.”

Officials are confident they will be able to link the mystery cases in coming days but say it’s too soon to lift the lockdown.