Today I approved the extension of the State of Emergency for Victoria in order to protect the community. This decision is based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer, and in consultation with the Minister for Police and Emergency Services and the Emergency Management Commissioner, that there continues to be a serious risk to public health posed by coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Victorian Chief Health Officer has endorsed advice that some non-urgent public dental care should be postponed across metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire.
Young people struggling with their mental health during and after the coronavirus pandemic will be able to access targeted, personalised therapy with an innovative new program funded by the Victorian Government.
Most students in Victorian schools in areas under Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions will return to flexible and remote learning for the start of Term 3, limiting the number of people moving across our state to help slow the spread of coronavirus.
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.
Daily temperature checks will be introduced in schools across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire as part of the Victorian Government’s effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.
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.
2020 has not been the year any of us wanted. Cancelled events. Plans put on pause. Uncertainty about what the future holds.
We’re working as quickly as possible to ensure every household in the two public housing estates under lockdown have what they need.
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.
As the Premier has announced, and based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer, today we announced new restrictions for our public housing estates.
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.
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.
The Victorian Government has unveiled detailed plans for the new Arden precinct, confirming North Melbourne as a major inner-city hub for thousands of jobs, affordable housing and transport links.
Today, we announced further action to slow of the spread of coronavirus – the Suburban Testing Blitz.
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.