Melbourne on edge waiting for lockdown announcement

  • Melbourne on edge waiting for lockdown announcement

Melbourne on edge waiting for lockdown announcement

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.

In a win for community sport, training and competition will return for all ages with crowd limits, and indoor sport, including gyms, will be able to re-open with density limits of one person per four square metres and maximum venue capacities of 150, including no more than 50 indoors.

Though Thursday's cases are not linked to any other clusters in the latest outbreak, the lifting of lockdown in Melbourne will proceed due to low-risk levels, Victoria state Acting Premier James Merlino said during a televised media conference.

"It remains the public health advice that for a period of time we will have different settings between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne", Merlino told reporters today.

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

"There are very good reasons for that".

Restaurants and cafes will have a 50-customer limit, and outdoor get-togethers will be capped at 10 people.

"We do not want that pain for our border communities, we don't want the pain of struggling with ongoing cases that just continue to pressure us and put at risk a giant epidemic until we have got that vaccination coverage".

However, settings deemed high-risk such as gyms, amusement parks, dance studios and nightclubs will remain closed.

A final decision on eased restrictions for Melbourne and regional Victoria is expected to be finalised this morning.

Nine cases are linked to the centre.

Mystery surrounds a household of Covid-19 infections which has emerged at the end of Melbourne's Covid-19 lockdown.

Deputy Chief Health Officer Allen Cheng said the four cases, all from the same household in Reservoir, were not primary close contacts and had not visited any listed exposure sites.

Queensland Health officials have confirmed that the husband of a Melbourne woman who tested positive on the Sunshine Coast yesterday has also tested positive.

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

"Obviously what I am anxious about is whoever gave infection to both these groups [the family and two Victorians in Queensland] is identified quickly and doesn't have the opportunity to transmit to other people", he said.

The revamped program restarted in December, only for it to be paused in February as a leak from the Holiday Inn grew to almost 25 cases and triggered a three-day lockdown.

The low number came as a relief to Victorians after recording an alarming surge of 11 new cases on Sunday.

The Department of Health's testing chief Jeroen Weimar identified the cases as a "new cluster".

Some 22,814 Victorians were tested on Monday and 21,192 received a vaccine dose at state-run sites.