Australia: Victoria lockdown extended by a week with 85 active cases recorded
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Since a five-day lockdown was first announced last Thursday, cases have been recorded in areas across Victoria, including coronavirus were recorded in Victoria yesterday., and . Notably, Mildura's COVID-19 case, which was recorded on Sunday, is their first in 15 months. Thirteen new cases of
Red zone travel permits, required for residents of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory for entry into Victoria, are temporarily paused. Andrews said that while this decision would "cause a real challenge for many people", he justified this decision by saying that "things are too unstable—too uncertain and frankly out of control from a virus point of view in Sydney".
State health minister Delta variant, we must act to protect Victoria and temporarily pause Red Zone Permits."stated, "We've had thousands of Victorians return from New South Wales in recent weeks, but with the situation escalating, the recent incursions and the increased infectiousness of the
Restrictions remain the same from the initial Thursday announcement. Under the regulations, there are only five reasons to leave home: for food and supplies; exercise; care or caregiving; work or education, if not possible from home; and to be vaccinated against COVID-19. In exercising, people cannot go more than 5 kilometers (3 mi) away from their home, and for no more than two hours. The vaccination should be administered at the nearest possible location. Face masks remain mandatory both outdoors and indoors, except at home.
A press release from the premier's office said the COVID-19 Delta variant is moving "faster than anything Victoria's public health experts have seen before", adding as a result "we need to limit movement for a longer period of time". The press release also noted over 15 thousand close contacts of cases in quarantine, over 250 exposure sites across the state, and the COVID-19 daily case numbers remaining in double digits.
- "Australian state of Victoria to enter five-day lockdown following more than a dozen active COVID-19 cases" — Wikinews, July 15, 2021
- "Extended Lockdown And Stronger Borders To Keep Us Safe" — , July 20, 2021
- Tom Stayner. "'We need more time': Victoria extends lockdown by one week after recording 13 new local COVID-19 cases" — , July 20, 2021
- Simone Fox Koob. "Regional communities on edge as outbreak spreads from Melbourne" — , July 18, 2021