Public warned of potential for new lockdown in certain Melbourne suburbs, as crisis escalates in the city.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he was preparing to put certain suburbs on lockdown in the coming days, if coronavirus cases continued to rise in so called “hot spots”.
7 News Melbourne said tonight that suburbs under the microscope include Broadmeadows, Fawkner, Reservoir, Brunswick West, Maidstone, Keilor Downs, Albanvale, Sunshine West, Hallen and Pakanham.
The government was set to prepare to put these suburbs on full lockdown and stay at home orders.
“If that is what is deemed the appropriate public health response then that is what we will do,” Premier Andrews said.
“If we have to further limit movement in some of those suburbs, so for instance, a stay at home order — much like we all, as a community, had to endure for what felt like the longest of times — if that is deemed the appropriate public health response, then that is what we‘ll do,” he told media this morning.
“We’ll do it if we need to,” the Premier reiterated.
There were 41 new cases on Saturday and 49 on Sunday, the highest daily number since April.
“The latest numbers are of genuine concern,” Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd told reporters in Canberra on Sunday.
The Victorian government and Premier Andrews have come under pressure from sections of the media and public as community transmission cases spike.
Hotel Quarantine Changes
Anyone in Melbourne hotels who refused to be tested were able to leave their mandatory quarantine without a test until this weekend.
Up to 1-in-3 people refused a test for the virus before coming out of a hotel in Melbourne. The rules have now changed and it would be mandatory to take a test on day 11 of hotel quarantine. People who refuse a test will be in hotel quarantine for 21 days.
“Those who refuse to comply with testing will be required to remain in quarantine for a further 10 days to ensure they pose no risk of introducing coronavirus to the Victorian community,” Premier Daniel Andrews announced on Sunday.
7 New Melbourne reports
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