Following a comprehensive testing blitz across the nine locked down public housing towers in Flemington and North Melbourne, the Chief Health Officer has provided advice about the next steps that can now be taken across both estates.
Victoria Police will dramatically increase their presence in and around metropolitan Melbourne to ensure Victorians are following the most recent directions of the Chief Health Officer.
Services and support for tenants in the two public housing estates under lockdown is ramping up – with thousands of meals, supplies and personal care packs delivered in the past 24 hours.
As we continue our fight against coronavirus, the Victorian Government is ramping up support for those Victorians impacted by restrictions on public housing towers and hot zone postcodes.
Today’s numbers represent the second biggest increase in confirmed case since this began – and the biggest jump since 28 March. As these figures show, we are still on a knife’s edge. Rather than spread across the state, we know many of these cases are located in specific communities.
From 11.59pm 1 July, new Stage 3 Stay at Home Directions are in place for Melbourne’s restricted postcodes. The following areas are experiencing a high level of transmission or are at high risk of transmission. To slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) Stay at Home restrictions apply to these postcodes: 3012, 3021, 3032, 3038, 3042, 3046, 3047, 3055, 3060, 3064.
Residents living in Victoria’s ten restricted postcodes are urged to get tested for coronavirus this week – with new sites being setup as part of a massive effort to prevent further spread of the virus throughout the community.
Very clearly, we are not where we wanted to be. And as today’s case numbers show, Victoria is experiencing significant community transmission of coronavirus. As a result of genomic testing, the Chief Health Officer has today advised the Government that a number of our cases through late May and early June can be linked to an infection control breach in the hotel quarantine program.
Victoria will implement mandatory testing for all returned travellers in hotel quarantine. Victoria is the only state that has been testing returned travellers twice – on day 3 and day 11 – but from today, the day 11 test will be a mandatory requirement to be eligible for release after 14 days.
We know many Victorians are feeling anxious and unsure. After all, so many of us have given up so much in order to keep our state safe. And yet – disappointingly, devastatingly – we again find ourselves on a knife’s edge. What we do now will determine what comes next.