Coronavirus Victoria: Cases fall to 429 as strict lockdown begins

Marco Green
August 3, 2020

Health authorities in South Africa who had been expecting a surge in cases after the gradual loosening of a strict lockdown reported that infections had exceeded the half-million mark.

Treasury had previously estimated a six-week Melbourne lockdown would cost the economy A$3.3 billion ($2.4 billion) in the September quarter.

Six of the deaths were connected to the age care sector. The state death toll now stands at 138, while the national toll is 221.

"If you've got that many cases - and they're not just in metropolitan Melbourne, they're in regional Victoria as well - if you have that many cases of community transmission you must assume you have even more and on that basis you can no longer be confident that you've got a precise understanding of how much virus is there", Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said during a press briefing.

Some told Nine News they only had to fill out a form and get a temperature check before being allowed to leave the airport.

Camera IconPeople line up to enter a supermarket hours before a citywide curfew is introduced in Melbourne.

A third category of businesses will be able to remain open, but will have to scale back the way their work from midnight on Friday.

A state of disaster will be imposed from 6pm across the state of Victoria, in addition to the state of emergency that is already in place, Andrews said.

"These are big steps but they are necessary".

While acknowledging the drastic moves were necessary, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce said they would undoubtedly mean the end for many businesses.

Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday announced a suite of tough new COVID-19 regulations created to limit movement in Melbourne, while foreshadowing more to come for workplaces.

Mr Andrews also warned people against panic-buying.

"They'll need to secure the goods and services that are what you need within a five kilometre radius", Andrews said.

Of the 11,937 total number of coronavirus cases across the state, 10,976 are from metropolitan Melbourne, with 377 residents of public housing towers in North Melbourne, Flemington and Carlton now living with the virus.

There are now 6,489 active coronavirus cases across the state, including 706 health care workers and 1,089 cases linked to aged care outbreaks.

Victoria has the second-highest population of all Australian states, and in recent weeks the region has struggled to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The only "reasons for leaving home during these hours will be for work, medical care or care-giving", the broadcaster reported.

Australia's Victoria state imposed fresh, sweeping restrictions yesterday, including a curfew in Melbourne for the next six weeks, a ban on weddings, and schools and universities going back online in the coming days.

The full list of restrictions can be found here.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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