Victoria enforces fourth lockdown as COVID-19 cases spike

Summary

  • Victoria is to go for seven-day lockdown.
  • Lockdown has been enforced to prevent the spread of Indian variants of COVID-19.
  • Only five activities are allowed under the lockdown.

 The state of Victoria has gone into the fourth lockdown from midnight for seven days to prevent the spread of the Indian strain of COVID-19.

The move comes after the number of locally transmitted cases in the state almost doubled to 26 in a day. All the cases have been linked to a man from Wollert, who contracted the virus in hotel quarantine in Adelaide.

The state’s health department is tracking at least 10,000 primary and secondary contacts, which need to be isolated due to the spread of virus.

“Our public health experts’ prime concern: just how fast the B1.617.1 variant is moving.,” Victorian Acting Premier James Merlino said.

“On the advice of our public health team, Victoria will move to circuit breaker restrictions from 11:59pm tonight”, he added.

However, there is a chance of ending the lockdown soon if things come under control.

                       

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During the lockdown, only a handful of activities are permitted – authorised work or permitted education, caregiving, compassionate and medical reasons, getting vaccinated, essential shopping and exercise – with exercise capped at two hours with another person.

It should be noted that Australia has been one of the least affected countries by the global pandemic. The country has reported 30,063 cases and 910 deaths.

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