Victoria’s lockdown will not end as planned at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.
Announcing the extension, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said he could not say “exactly what rules and what timeframe would apply beyond midnight tomorrow night”.
“As soon as I can confirm to the Victorians how much longer and under what circumstances, I will.”
Health officials will use lessons learned from today’s interviews and test results to determine the state’s path forward.
“All of these things will be taken into account and we will make a decision that will be in the best interests of all Victorians,” Mr. Andrews said.
It comes after Victoria recorded 13 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.
The cases are:
- A man from Mildura, who was reported yesterday and one of his family contacts
- Four cases who dined at Mrs. Frankie’s
- Two students from Trinity Grammar
- A social contact of the Phillip Island affair
- A case linked to AAMI Park during the Wallabies match against France
- A case related to Young and Jackson
- A case linked to Bacchus Marsh Grammar (was in isolation during the infectious period)
- Someone who attended the Euro final at the Crafty Squire
There are 15,800 primary close contacts that are isolated.
The exhibition area of the AAMI park during the Wallabies match against France has been enlarged.
Chief health officer Brett Sutton said there were concerns the virus could spread through a “pinch point” at the entrance to the site.
Sections 81 to 91 of the pitch have now been declared level 2 zones in the Wallabies v France test last Tuesday.
Dozens of new COVID-19 exposure sites were identified statewide last night.
New locations have been added in Abbotsford, Fitzroy, Richmond, South Melbourne, Melbourne, Docklands, Doncaster East, Heidelberg, Hawthorn East, Churchill Island, Cremorne, Calder Park, Mildura, Ravenswood, Wycheproof, Brighton East, Pakenham, Cowes and Oakleigh South.
A total of 278 exhibition sites are now on the Ministry of Health’s list.
The new locally acquired cases are all linked to current epidemics.
– VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) July 18, 2021
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