The Victorian Government has announced a 7-day lockdown to slow the spread of the virus, as the state recorded 12 new locally acquired cases on Thursday,
As of Thursday morning, that has now grown to a total of 26 cases and 80 sites.
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- 12,677 vaccine doses were administered
- 40,411 test results were received
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From 11:59pm tonight, Victoria will enter a 7-day circuit breaker lockdown, the Acting Premier announced.
There are now five reasons to leave home, instead of the original four that has been used in previous lockdowns. People can leave their home for:
- Shopping for necessary goods and services
- Authorised work or permitted education
- Exercise - a 2-hour limit with one other person
- Caregiving, compassionate, and medical reasons
- To get vaccinated
- There are to be no visitors to your home other than an intimate partner.
- Single bubbles will be permitted.
- No public gatherings.
- Restaurants, pubs, and cafes can provide takeaway only.
- Essential retail (supermarkets, food stores, petrol stations, banks, bottle shops and pharmacies) can stay open.
- Other retail stores can provide click and collect.
- Childcare and kinders will be open.
- Approved professional sporting events will proceed but without crowds.
- Schools will move to remote learning, except for vulnerable children, and children of authorised workers.
- Higher education will move to remote learning only.
- No visitors at aged care facilities, except for limited reasons.
- In hospitals, visitors only for: end of life, to support a partner during birth, or a parent accompanying a child.
- Funerals - a maximum of 10 people plus those running the service.
- Weddings cannot proceed unless end of life or deportation reasons apply.
- Religious activities will not proceed other than through broadcast with a maximum of five people.
On Wednesday, Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton was confident authorities had "run down multiple generations of transmission", but he was concerned about the amount of time positive cases have been out in the community.
He said any lockdown would be broad rather than confined to the city's northern suburbs, with confirmed cases travelling to Bendigo and as far north as Cohuna on the NSW border.
"We've got significant spread of exposure sites at the moment so it's not something that we would look to at a postcode level," Professor Sutton said.