A number of Melbourne suburbs will be placed into lockdown from midnight tomorrow as Victoria struggles to contain a fresh outbreak of coronavirus.
Residents across 10 postcodes will be prevented from leaving their homes until July 29, except for work or school, to exercise, provide care, or shop for food or essential items.
It comes as Victoria recorded 64 new COVID-19 cases today, taking the number to 233 since Thursday.
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Of those new cases, 13 are linked to known outbreaks, 20 are from routine testing and 31 are still under investigation.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says they’ve been left with little choice but to enforce lockdowns in some hotspots.
“Because of the unacceptably high rates of community transmission and the unacceptably high rates of new case, even those where we can attribute their source, it is incredibly important that we take some next steps to deal with this challenge right now,” Mr Andrews said.
“We know that suburban lockdowns, stay-at-home orders are a series of restrictions that work. We have all been through that journey, we have all been through that process and we know that at the end of that process we are then able to begin the process of opening up.”
Cafes and restaurants in the affected suburbs will be forced to return to takeaway only while hotels and gyms will have to close.
“These are extraordinary steps, these are not things we have had to do in the past but such is the nature of this virus, it is so wildly infectious that if we don’t take these steps now we will finish up in a situation than locking down ten post codes we will be locking down every postcode. I don’t want to get to that point.”
The Premier has also revealed that an investigation has found the majority of cases are linked to staff members breaching protocols at hotels where returned travellers are being quarantined.
Victoria has also asked for all international flights to be diverted away from Melbourne for two weeks so it does not have to accept returned travellers.
The Federal Government will also provide 800 workers to assist Victoria following a request from the Premier.
List of Melbourne suburbs being placed in lockdown from midnight Wednesday –
- 3012 – Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray
- 3021 – Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans
- 3032 – Ascot Vale, Highpoint 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, Mickelham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo