Crackdown on loopholes in Victoria, with Australian death toll at 24.
It was just last weekend that Victoria’s beaches were filled with locals, but this weekend authorities will be implementing tough new social distancing rules – and banning all loopholes.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton announced tighter restrictions yesterday, declaring that all recreational activities beyond basic exercise were not allowed.
Fishing, hunting, boating, camping, and golf among other sports and hobbies will not be allowed during the pandemic.
Golf, however, will still be allowed in QLD and NSW after a backflip from those respective state governments.
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“These restrictions are tough, but they are there for a reason. If we don’t do this, Victorians will die,” said Victoria’s Professor Sutton.
The latest death – a woman in her 60s – died in a Melbourne hospital on Wednesday night, as did a woman in her 70s in the same state.
Half of Victoria’s coronavirus deaths were cancer patients in the same hospital ward. 10 staff are also infected, and recovering at home.
The national death toll now sits at 24.
The current COVID-19 figures.
There has also been an outbreak at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital with two radiation therapists testing positive.
Two cancer patients and 20 staff have now been put into quarantine.
There have been 91 new cases in the last 24 hours in NSW which is an improvement on 127 the day before.
COVID-19 has also now spread to 17 Australian nursing homes.
The Department of Health has confirmed that more than a dozen aged care homes had been affected by the virus, with 41 staff and residents testing positive.
The hardest hit has been Dorothy Henderson Lodge in Sydney – where five residents have been killed by the virus.