Four new COVID-19 cases as Melbourne prepares for restrictions to ease

Elias Hubbard
Июня 10, 2021

Regional Victorians can not travel to metropolitan Melbourne except for work or education, necessary goods and services, care and compassionate reasons, or to receive a COVID-19 vaccination at the nearest vaccination centre to their home, while Melburnians will be limited to a 25km radius from their homes and remain shut off from the regions.

The 10km limit on travel from home is likely to be extended to 25km after Acting Premier James Merlino flagged Melbourne residents will be unable to enter regional Victoria over the Queen's Birthday long weekend.

'That will extend beyond any announcements that we will make later in the week.

"'I've now had confirmation from serology testing results that both of these individuals are towards the end of their illness, which is very good news for Queensland, in that means the risk of transmission to anyone else is less".

Public gatherings will be increased to 20 people, restaurants and cafes will be open to a maximum of 150 seated customers, including up to 75 people outdoors, and QR codes will be made mandatory for all workplaces, including offices. The details will be finalised on Wednesday.

"We always said that we would ease restrictions, carefully ease the rules, where we can, we would, and Victorians have done an unbelievable job following through the rules and getting tested".

The positive news about the city's fourth lockdown ending comes amid explosive allegations about a hotel quarantine linked to an outbreak of the more infectious Delta Covid-19 strain.

While the city looks to be on track for reopening, the final decision will likely depend on how many new Covid-19 cases emerged overnight and whether the state sees a rise in unlinked mystery infections.

Deputy Chief Health Officer Allen Cheng said they were not close contacts of known infections.

It may have then entered the community.

Two Australian states are on COVID-19 alert after an infected woman and her husband traveled from Victoria, the epicentre of country's latest outbreak, through the states of New South Wales and into Queensland, visiting dozens of sites enroute.

Victoria's deadly second wave of coronavirus past year was sparked from leaks in hotel quarantine, leading to a major overhaul of the hotel quarantine system.

The state recorded just two new infections on Tuesday, bringing the total number of locally acquired cases in the outbreak to 85.

Victoria's deadly second wave of Covid past year was sparked from leaks in hotel quarantine, leading to a major overhaul of the system.

The four new cases announced on Thursday have forced health authorities to tweak the newly-eased restrictions that will come into effect on Friday.

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One is a child linked to the West Melbourne outbreak, while the other is a household contact of a worker linked to the Arcare Maidstone cluster.

But chief health officer Brett Sutton said he "always had it in mind" the state needed to get back down to zero cases before fully easing restrictions.

Some 28,485 Victorians were tested yesterday and 19,533 received a vaccine dose at state-run sites.

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