Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a five-day lockdown in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 following five new local infections today. The Premier said the lockdown was difficult but essential to avoid a third wave of the pandemic.
“Today’s announcements are not about dealing with a third wave but to make the difficult decision to prevent a third wave,” said Andrews.
Holiday Inn cluster grows
Of the five new cases of local transmission, all are primary close contacts of confirmed Holiday Inn cases. There are now 19 active cases of coronavirus in Victoria.
Describing the lockdown as a “circuit breaker” the premier said it was hoped the action would prevent further widespread transmission of the “significantly more contagious” UK strain of the virus. Andrews said the lockdown was necessary because of the fast rate of infection.
“By the time we find that a case is positive, they’ve already infected their close contacts,” Andrews explained. “That makes it incredibly difficult to do contact tracing because there is no gap between when we have the first case and their close contacts.”
Andrews said by putting all of Victoria into a brief lockdown the hope was to prevent a third wave. The premier stressed delaying lockdown could prove disastrous so it was better to take immediate action to try to contain the virus.
The rules for lockdown
Lockdown will commence from 1159pm Friday, February 12 and end at 1159pm Wednesday 17 February. The lockdown will apply to the whole of the state.
Victorians will have only four reasons to leave their house
- To purchase essential supplies.
- To seek medical care or provide
- To exercise.
- For essential work.
Exercise and shopping will be limited to 5km from your home.
Face masks will need to be worn indoors and outdoors and Victorians can have NO visitors to their homes.
More to come