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.
Our public health team will be stepping up community awareness of coronavirus and boosting testing in targeted areas as part of a new plan to find the virus in Victorian hotspots and contain the spread.
We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how we can stay safe while out in the community – but it’s just as important that we also think about staying safe whilst at home.
Today is #WorldSickleCellAwarenessDay. Sickle Cell Disease is a genetic blood disorder that’s passed down through families. It effects the shape of red blood cells, which slow blood flow or block blood vessels. There’s a 25% chance that a child born from parents who are both carriers of the sickle cell trait will develop the disease. That’s why I encourage Victorians to get tested, to know your sickle cell status.
Staying silent shouldn’t be an option for your physical and mental health. For Men’s Health Week (15-21 June), I’m asking all our dads, brothers, partners and sons to reach out if they need to, or talk to their doctor about any health concerns. Don’t put it off. Make an appointment today.
In recent weeks we’ve laid out our state’s careful plan for the gradual easing of restrictions. A cautious and considered approach that has relied on data to help guide our decisions.
Throughout the State of Emergency, our Maternal and Child Health services have been supporting Victorian parents via telehealth and other virtual services to ensure they're getting the help and advice they need.