Victoria’s lockdown is set to be extended beyond Tuesday night with Premier Daniel Andrews conceding it is too early to lift it.
But officials are yet to decide exactly how much longer it will last.
The state recorded 13 new local cases of COVID-19 overnight, including one announced yesterday, with all linked to existing cases.
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A second case of COVID has also been recorded in Mildura in the state’s northwest.
There are now 72 cases linked to the current outbreak.
Health officials have now identified almost 16,000 primary close contacts who are now in quarantine.
Mr Andrews says they will make an announcement tomorrow on exactly how long the lockdown will be extended.
“We will not be ready to lift this lockdown at midnight tomorrow night. I know it’s frustrating but I can’t tell you exactly what rules and what timeframe will apply beyond midnight tomorrow night,” Mr Andrews said.
“The Chief Health Officer will provide advice to me and my senior colleagues that will occur over tomorrow night and tomorrow morning and it will be based on the best information, the most complete set of facts we can possibly pull together.”
Mr Andrews says a decision on the lockdown extension will be made in the best interests of Victoria to avoid a similar situation to New South Wales.
“We do not want that to happen here. I think knowing what we know now, having seen what has unfolded during this lockdown, these last four days, we know that if we had been open then we would be just like Sydney.”