Restrictions will ease in regional Victoria from 1159pm Thursday. However, citizens in the Greater Melbourne area will have to stay in lockdown for a further seven days as the state reports six new cases of community transmission taking the active total to coronavirus cases linked to the SA hotel breach to 60.
Record testing rates and vaccinations
Victorians turned out in force yesterday to get tested with 51,033 tests conducted by day’s end. While 20,585 vaccination doses were administered at state-run vaccination sites.
Acting Premier James Merlino again called for all those eligible to receive a vaccination to do so as soon as possible, citing it as the best way forward.
He applauded the state’s citizens for adhering to restrictions and encouraged Melbourne residents to keep up their efforts.
“If we let this thing run its course, it will explode. We’ve got to run this to ground because if we don’t, people will die,” Mr Merlino said.
“And if that happens, it’s our most vulnerable. It’s our parents, it’s our grandparents, it’s Victorians with underlying conditions or compromised immunity.It’s those Victorians who will pay the price. In the end this is about saving lives.”
Exposure sites in the 100s
The number of exposure sites in Melbourne has now surpassed 350. There are concerns for an NSW outbreak following reports of a Victorian family travelling to regional NSW that have now tested positive for the virus.
Still, only five reasons to leave the house
There will still be only five reasons to leave your home:
- shopping for food and supplies
- authorised work and study, c
- are and caregiving,
- getting vaccinated.
There are a few changes to restrictions however, the 5-kilometre rule has been extended to 10km – meaning Melbournians can now travel for shopping or exercise within 10km of home.
Students in year 11 and year 12 will also return to face-to-face learning, along with other students doing a Unit 3/4 VCE subject, or final year VCAL or IB qualification.
A number of outdoor jobs such as landscaping, gardening and maintenance have been added to the authorised worker list.
Masks remain compulsory at all times apart from within your own home or if you are exempt.
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