Victorians have been despatched right into a five-day onerous lockdown.
Melbourne will probably be locked down from 11.59pm on Friday evening, with stage 4 restrictions reintroduced till 11.59pm Wednesday.
Face coverings will as soon as once more be necessary outside in addition to indoors.
Keep-at-home orders will probably be reintroduced, with solely 5 authorized causes to depart the home.
A 5km restrict on journey can even be enforced.
Colleges and universities will shut, and each non-public and public gatherings banned.
The Premier mentioned the lockdown was wanted to forestall a 3rd wave.
“As a result of that is so infectious and is shifting so quick, we want a circuit breaker,” Daniel Andrews mentioned.
The announcement comes after a cupboard assembly this morning the place Premier Dan Andrews was introduced with plans for the lockdown.
5 new instances emerged as a part of the cluster on Thursday, together with the husbands of two meals and beverage attendants who labored on the Melbourne Airport resort.
In an 11pm tweet, the Division of Well being confirmed the newest two instances had been “family main shut contacts” of present instances.
It marked the primary instances of transmission outdoors the quarantine system.
Early on Friday morning a brand new location – Brunetti in Terminal Four of Melbourne Airport – was added to the Tier 1 publicity websites (see beneath).
Anybody who visited Brunetti over an 8.5 hour interval from 4.45am to 1.15pm on February 9 should instantly isolate, get a check, and quarantine for 14 days.
AFLW TICKET SALES PAUSED AMID UNCERTAINTYTicket gross sales for this weekend’s AFLW games have been placed on pause amid uncertainty surrounding the latest coronavirus outbreak.
Three video games are set to be performed in Melbourne throughout the weekend, with tickets as a result of go on sale at 10am Friday.
An extra two video games are scheduled to be performed in different states, whereas a 3rd interstate sport between the Brisbane Lions and the West Coast Eagles had already been postponed as a result of border uncertainties.
The AFL made the announcement at 9.30am.
“Ticket gross sales for Spherical three of the NAB AFL Girls’s Competitors have momentarily been placed on maintain,” a press release from the AFL Girls’s Twitter account mentioned.
“Preserve your eyes on our social media channels for additional updates.”
Tickets for Friday evening’s match in Geelong – which went on sale on Thursday – seem to nonetheless be out there on the Ticketmaster web site.
SHOPPERS STOCK UP AHEAD OF ANTICIPATED LOCKDOWNCustomers at Canterbury Gardens in Melbourne’s outer east had been seen stocking up on provides of bathroom paper on Friday.
Whereas there was not one of the panic shopping for related to the beginning of earlier lockdowns, the vast majority of consumers at Woolworths in Bayswater North had at the least two bulk packs of bathroom paper of their trolleys.
A pyramid of bathroom paper which had been stacked on the entrance of one of many aisles was proving a well-liked vacation spot for consumers.
PM URGES VIC TO TAKE A PROPORTIONATE RESPONSEPrime Minister Scott Morrison said snap lockdowns had proven to be sensible in different states to provide contact tracers a “head begin”.
He confirmed Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly and Well being Minister Greg Hunt had been working with Victorian authorities on choices in a single day.
The Prime Minister informed 3AW that he wouldn’t preempt the state authorities’s choices, however mentioned that he anticipated Victorians would study extra immediately.
Mr Morrison mentioned he anticipated that with a proportionate and focused response, the state authorities ought to be capable to get on high of the outbreak and keep away from a repeat of final 12 months’s prolonged lockdown.
Victoria’s testing commander, Jeroen Weimar, mentioned it was nonetheless “early days” within the outbreak.
“That is certainly not over, we’re nonetheless within the opening quarter of the Vacation Inn outbreak I’m afraid,” he mentioned.
the Vacation Inn resort has been cleaned.
“We’ve bought plenty of work to do to essentially make sure that we pull this one up.
“What is tougher with this one is it’s the UK variant so we don’t but understand how simply it transmits whenever you get into the second and third era of individuals catching it. That’s going to be the problem for us now and over the approaching days.”
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, talking on morning tv in Sydney, mentioned screening measures had been put in place at Sydney Airport checking if any passengers had been on the Vacation Inn.
“We’re nowhere close to (closing borders),” Ms Berejiklian mentioned.
“It’s not a scenario that may’t be managed.”