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Victoria sees biggest daily rise in Covid cases in 7 months

Victoria sees biggest daily rise in Covid cases in 7 months”

Masks are mandatory everywhere except your home, including outdoors.

At 11.59pm tonight, Victoria is entering a seven-day, statewide lockdown.

These new cases bring the total number of cases in Melbourne's growing COVID-19 outbreak to 26.

All non-essential retail will close but essential stores including supermarkets, bottle shops, and pharmacies will remain open.

He said "the time between catching the virus and passing it on is faster than ever", being only one day-compared to a five-day period previously seen previously.

Of significant concern is the case of the infected drinker who partied at three different bars in Prahran on Saturday night - and ended up kicking on until 4am on Sunday in one of the venues known for packed crowds and a pumping dancefloor.

"While most services in and out of Melbourne today are operating as normal, we are adjusting our forward schedule to better reflect changing travel demand and booking trends". "Given the circumstances, more than 10,000 primary and secondary contacts, more than 150 exposure sites right across the state of Victoria, Bendigo, on our border, right across metropolitan Melbourne, we need to have this circuit-breaker lockdown".

At a press conference Wednesday morning, Mr Merlino said the next 24 hours would be "critical" in determining further steps to address the evolving coronavirus outbreak.

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Victoria has also expanded vaccination eligibility from today to people aged 40-49.

On Wednesday, the federal government pledged to send an extra 140,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Melbourne to boost protection of elderly and other vulnerable groups.

Genomic sequencing showed the outbreak is linked to a Wollert man who contracted the Indian variant of COVID-19 in South Australian quarantine earlier this month. Visits between intimate partners are allowed and there will be bubbles for those living alone. They have since been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.

New Zealand officials are in close and regular contact with Victorian authorities after officials across the Tasman announced a week-long "circuit breaker" lockdown for Victoria.

We were working last might for contingencies and possibilities because we didn't know who the other states were going to react.

The hasty departures from Melbourne come as health authorities ordered thousands of fans who attended last Sunday's fixture between Collingwood and Port Adelaide at the MCG to get a COVID-19 test and isolate until they return a negative result.

Queensland has asked its residents to reconsider all travel to Victoria, especially Melbourne, and anyone who has been in the City of Whittlesea since May 11 will be refused entry.

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins spoke to reporters in Wellington this afternoon with Director general of health Ashley Bloomfield.

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