Melbourne’s worst fears are about to be realised, with the city set to be thrown into another full-scale lockdown amid a growing outbreak of coronavirus.
It will be the fourth such lockdown of the Greater Melbourne area, but restrictions are expected to extend into the regions as well.
It comes as the number of community transmission cases continue to climb, with another 11 infections recorded today.
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Victoria Health posted official figures of 12 just now, but one of those cases was confirmed in yesterday’s press conference.
Reported yesterday: 12 new local cases and no new cases acquired overseas.
– 12,677 vaccine doses were administered
– 40,411 test results were received
— VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) May 26, 2021
It means the cluster of local cases has reached 26 cases in less than a week, as exposure sites begin popping up around the CBD area, stadiums and regional areas.
At the last count, 79 venues were on the list of exposure sites. However, that will continue to grow as more sites are added throughout today.
Victorian health officials spent most of yesterday debating what restrictions would be necessary to try and ‘break the circuit’ of the spread.
Acting Premier James Merlino is expected to announce a snap lockdown of at least five days, with some reports it could be as many as seven days.
A press conference is due shortly.
Meantime, the AFL is expected to give an update today regarding this weekend’s games.
Most clubs have postponed their usual Thursday press conferences until tomorrow.
The Gold Coast Suns game against Hawthorn in Darwin has already been called off.
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