Victoria reports 64 new infections, Queensland shuts its border

Henrietta Strickland
June 30, 2020

Global flights will also be diverted from Melbourne for the next fortnight, while an inquiry will be launched into the flawed hotel quarantine program.

Victoria records 64 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday when compared to 75 news infections reported on Monday.

The restrictions apply to 10 postcodes: 3012, 3021, 3032, 3038, 3042, 3046, 3047, 3055, 3060 and 3064.

They include the suburbs of Ascot Vale, Broadmeadows, Craigieburn and Fawkner.

People will be allowed to leave their homes only for work or school, to exercise, or to buy food and other essential items.

"We've been through this before and we now have to go through it again", Lambros Tapinos, the mayor of several affected postcodes told Reuters by telephone. This is what we must do now.

"People are desperate for this to be over, no one more than me, but it isn't and pretending won't get us to the other side".

"Victoria Police will be actively - actively - enforcing these suburban lockdown, this stay-at-home order", Andrews said.

Camera IconTwo staffers at Camberwell Grammar tested positive.

Cafes and restaurants would have to revert to takeaway only, just weeks after they returned to seated diners amid a wider reopening of the national economy.

All affected businesses will be given a $5000 grant or a payroll tax refund.

"I don't know how many times I've said this now, but this is wildly infectious", Andrews said.

The double-digit increases in the number of new cases of coronavirus in Victoria extend into the 15 straight day.

The Victorian state government requested all flights be diverted to other states to prevent the risk of imported cases.

"These are extraordinary steps", Andrews said.

Queensland will re-open its borders to all jurisdictions except Victoria from the 10th of July.

"The transition committee is still considering opening our borders with NSW and ACT on that date", he said on Twitter.

Authorities on Tuesday ordered the lockdown of 36 suburbs in Australia's second biggest city Melbourne in an attempt to stop a spike in coronavius cases, a dramatic departure from the relaxation of restrictions elsewhere in the country.

Richmond captain Trent Cotchin said Tuesday there was a "genuine chance" some Tigers players may not be prepared to depart Victoria and enter a new AFL hub outside the state.

There are 321 cases still active, and up 281 confirmed cases have been acquired through unknown transmission.

Thirteen of the new cases have been linked to known outbreaks and 20 have been identified through routine testing, while 31 cases remain under investigation.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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