More lockdowns are expected for Victoria after the Andrews Government’s COVID-19 Crisis Council of Cabinet meets on Tuesday.
According to The Australian, more lockdowns are likely to be announced when Premier Daniel Andrews addresses the media this afternoon.
Meanwhile, a new record could be set today when the number of coronavirus cases for the state is revealed.
Multiple media outlets are reporting there are 191 new cases today.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Greg Hunt is not ruling out further restrictions being imposed in Victoria as the army prepares to lock down the border with NSW at midnight.
Speaking on the Today show, Mr Hunt said rings to curb the spread of coronavirus were being extended to the borders because of the worrying levels of community transmission in Melbourne’s north and western suburbs.
Asked if a total lockdown of Victoria was possible, Mr Hunt replied: “I don’t think that anybody can rule out that if the disease continues to spread, there could be further restrictions.
“I think it is very important to be open and honest about that.”
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He said the outbreak in Victoria was “very serious”.
“To have the unprecedented closure of the border, not done in a hundred years, that is a sign that we have seven states and territories with effectively zero community transmission, one state, in particular, the north and the west of Melbourne, with a very serious outbreak,” Mr Hunt said.
On Friday, Premier Daniel Andrews issued a fresh warning to Victorians being complacent about coronavirus, threatening to lock down the entire state.
“You don’t have to live in a hot spot postcode to follow the rules, and if people don’t follow the rules then you will be living in a hotspot postcode because I will have no choice but to shut down more and more parts of our city and potentially our state,” Premier Andrews said.
Underlying cases of community transmission in Victoria, coupled with people ignoring social distancing as restrictions began to ease and hotel quarantine breaches, are behind the outbreak.
Victoria on Monday recorded its worse day with 127 new confirmed cases in 24 hours.
Victorians will be physically blocked from entering NSW as the state’s second wave of COVID-19 mounts.
A balloon in cases from community transmission while other states and territories remained at zero has prompted the closure of the Victorian-NSW border from midnight.
Border communities will be eligible for special travel exemptions.