All of Victoria plunged into lockdown after 77 new cases

LATEST @ 11.45 AM | Regional Victoria will join Greater Melbourne in lockdown from 1.00pm this afternoon.

It comes after the state recorded a worrying spike in new COVID-19 cases today, with 77 new local infections detected.

A total of 61 have been recorded in today’s figures, but authorities have confirmed another 16 cases have been found via rapid testing.


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“In addition to 61 local cases reported, there are an additional 16 local cases which were recorded on a rapid PCR testing platform and will be reported in tomorrow’s numbers,” the State’s health department said.

Of the new cases, 48 are linked to known outbreaks and only 22 were in isolation while infectious.

Premier Daniel Andrews admitted the two-hour notice is not ideal, but said he had no other choice but to lockdown fast.

“Sadly the public health team have advised that given the Shepparton outbreak and the fact that at least one person travelled to Bendigo, and potentially others travelled beyond, that is to say there is a very significant risk of transmission right across regional Victoria,” he said.

Regional Victorians will be subject to the same restrictions as those in Greater Melbourne, however, they will not have a curfew.

The Premier also confirmed that only vulnerable children and children of essential workers will now be able to access child care.

“We have seen a very large number of young people, and some very young people, become infected with this virus” he said.

“This is a feature of these outbreaks, it is a feature very much of Delta and a feature of 2021”.

More than 45,670 people in Victoria came forward for testing in the past 24 hours.

EARLIER @ 9.30 AM | There’s been another worrying spike in COVID-19 cases in Victoria, with 77 new local infections detected.

A total of 61 have been recorded in today’s figures, but authorities have confirmed another 16 cases have been found on a rapid PCR testing platform.

“In addition to 61 local cases reported, there are an additional 16 local cases which were recorded on a rapid PCR testing platform and will be reported in tomorrow’s numbers,” the State’s health department said.

Of the new cases, 48 are linked to known outbreaks and only 22 were in isolation while infectious.

It comes after more than 45,670 people in Victoria came forward for testing in the past 24 hours.

The surge in cases has further ignited speculation that Melbourne’s latest lockdown will be extended for a third time.

There’s also reports regional Victoria could be plunged into lockdown.

“Advice will be provided to government tomorrow morning and all options are on the table,” a government spokesperson said in a statement yesterday.

“In the interests of not contributing to any further spread of the virus, all community sporting leagues across regional Victoria are asked to immediately cancel their activities for this weekend.”

Further details are expected to revealed at the state’s daily COVID-19 press conference later this morning.

More to come.