Another Week Lockdown Limit in Melbourne


The blockade in Melbourne will be extended for another seven days as Victorian officials continue to be concerned about the high prevalence of Indian variants of the CCP virus.

On Wednesday, Acting Prime Minister James Merlino confirmed that Greater Melbourne would remain locked down for another week. At the same time, some restrictions on Victoria in the region were relaxed from 11:59 pm on Thursday as scheduled. Will be done.

“I know this isn’t the news everyone wants to hear in Melbourne today,” Merlino said.

“But given what we have experienced and the cases we are still seeing, the Chief Health Officer has no choice but to give this advice to the Government, which is from the Chief Health Officer. I had no choice but to accept the advice. “

“Otherwise people will die and you will have to drive it into the ground.”

Melbourne residents still have five reasons to leave home. Shopping for food and essentials, providing or receiving care, exercising, working and studying, vaccination. Exercise and shopping travel restrictions 5km to 10km Will be extended to. A mask is essential both indoors and outdoors.

Grades 11 and 12 will resume face-to-face learning, but will be allowed to work outdoors, such as landscaping, painting, solar panel installation, and letterboxing.

In the Victoria region, travel restrictions and five reasons to leave home are lifted.The limit for outdoor gatherings has now been raised to 10 people, but private gatherings are not yet allowed and masks are required both indoors and outdoors if social distance is not available.

After the new lockdown, the acting prime minister said he hoped the government would “carefully relax restrictions in Melbourne.”

“But there are still differences in the Melbourne setting compared to the regional Victoria.”

The Victoria State Government will subsidize an additional $ 209 million to support businesses and seek financial support from the federal government.

“We want the federal government to quickly confirm that they are stepping up and providing support,” Merlino said. If they weren’t, I would go to the National Cabinet on Friday. I would raise this directly. “

Victoria recorded six locally infected cases on Wednesday, bringing the total outbreak of Indian variants to 60. One of the new cases moved to NSW, the southern part of the state. Caused high vigilance.

From the last 24 hours to midnight, 51,033 people were tested and 20,585 vaccinated.