From 26 October, if the daily average has fallen to fewer than five new cases a day, the curfew will lift and there will be no restrictions on the reasons people can leave home. "We're on the cusp of something very, very bad if we don't take these steps today," he said. “We can’t run out of lockdown,” he said. Mr Andrews said the number of cases in Mitchell Shire was concerning, and it was crucial the virus did not spread further into regional areas. "I hope very soon to be able to be before you again talking about further easing of restrictions in regional Victoria. "I think that each of us know someone who has not been following the rules as well as they should have. Andrews said the decision to extend lockdown was “not a 50-50 choice”. "We have to be realistic about the circumstances that we confront. The life cycle of this virus is about the 14-day period. “I want a Christmas that is as close to normal as possible and this is the only way – these steps are the only way – that we will get to that point,” he said. "We yesterday again broke a testing record on a single day, 26,554 tests, and we thank every single Victorian who consented to being tested. “I know there will be some industries … disappointed they are not on that list but whenever you draw a line, there will always be different groups on either side of it,” Andrews said. For the second time since the start of the pandemic, there will only be only four reasons for residents to leave their homes. Some 283 people are in hospital, with 19 patients in intensive care, of which 16 are on ventilators. Stage four includes curfew from … Premier Daniel Andrews reinstated stay at home restrictions across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, to the north of the city, to take effect from 11.59pm on July 8. None of us would be able to plan anything. There is no doubt Melbourne’s lockdown was and is particularly extreme for its circumstances. MELBOURNE: Australia's second-biggest city will this week exit its coronavirus lockdown following nearly four months under onerous restrictions, authorities announced Monday, after no … Brett Sutton said on Monday it would be “lineball” whether Melbourne met that number. "It gives us the data that's so important to us, understanding where the virus is and what challenge we face.". There are, however, some changes to restrictions taking place from Sunday 13 September: Two people or a household can meet for up to two hours of exercise. 5:12pm Apr 3, 2020. "Three weeks is not enough data. Melbourne, home to five million people, has been under a strict second lockdown since July. Larry Schlesinger ... the stability of land prices and the extension of the HomeBuilder construction start date in Victoria. Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will re-enter lockdown from Wednesday. Mr Andrews said there was not much chance of this latest round of restrictions ending early, even if cases got under control before the end date. "Regional Victoria has very, very few cases and vast parts of regional Victoria have no cases. Stage four was originally meant to end on 13 September. A healthcare worker signals to her colleagues from a window of a public housing tower, locked down in response to an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Melbourne, Australia, July 8… PHOTO: EPA-EFE August 9, 2020 — 4.04pm. "It is simply impossible with case rates at this level to have enough contact-tracing staff, to have enough physical resources no matter where they come from, no matter what uniform they wear, in order to continue to suppress and contain this virus without taking significant steps.". Melbourne has endured lockdown since July to combat its second wave. Catch up on all the key points here. The six weeks means we have three of those full cycles. I get it. “You can’t argue with this sort of data,” he said. But now to start all over again, with this hard lockdown in Melbourne, people are more aware of the economic impact and how other things will be disrupted." It will be tragic. “I want to get the place open and I want to keep it open. The Australian city of Melbourne will exit lockdown from Wednesday after recording no new Covid-19 cases for the first time since June. “Because if we did that we wouldn’t be opening up at all, we would simply be beginning a third wave. Mr Andrews said there were currently more than 770 active cases in the state. Australia's prime minister cancelled plans to go to a rugby game on Saturday after a senior minister was diagnosed with COVID-19, while the nation's treasurer called a second crisis meeting over the rapidly growing economic threat from the coronavirus. Stage-four restrictions in Melbourne, which include a night-time curfew, will be extended for two weeks to 28 September, with Daniel Andrews declaring: “We can’t run out of lockdown.” The curfew, travel limits and some other elements of stage four will then remain in place until 26 October. These stay-at-home orders will come into effect at 11:59pm on July 8 and are set to last for six weeks. If we can just hold on a little longer we can get ourselves into a better place where we can open up more and still maintain control.”, Melbourne's stage-four restrictions could last until mid-October, modelling suggests, Melbourne anti-lockdown protests: at least 15 arrested in violent clashes with police. Anthony Piovesan NCA NewsWire July 7, 2020 4:54pm - Melbourne lockdown to end - key dates and restrictions to be lifted - Explainer: Shopping centres, ... First week without community transmission since start of pandemic an hour ago. Victoria premier Daniel Andrews says existing restrictions with minor changes will remain in place until 28 September, First published on Sat 5 Sep 2020 23.10 EDT. Melbourne will finally exit lockdown this week after nearly four months as the Australian city records zero new infections or deaths. By 9News Staff. All of these steps would be subject to health advice, Andrews said. “I apologise for the circumstances we find ourselves in; I apologise for the reality we find ourselves in,” he told reporters on Sunday. He confirmed the lockdown would apply to all of metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire. "That will be more than inconvenient. Childcare would reopen, as would a number of industries. Missed it? Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will re-enter lockdown from Wednesday. Life for millions of Victorians will change drastically again, with new coronavirus orders coming into effect in fewer than two days. If China stops taking Australia's coal, will other countries fill the gap? Follow our live coverage for the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic, Follow our live coverage of the US election aftermath. Victoria’s premier has apologised for having to extend tough lockdown conditions in Melbourne for six more weeks as Australia’s second largest city works to contain the second wave of Covid-19 cases that has caused 646 deaths to date. ... start date not confirmed despite reports From 23 November, outdoor gatherings will increase to 50 people, Melbourne residents will be allowed to have up to 20 visitors in their home, all retail and hospitality will be open with 20-person limits in restaurants, real estate will open, and wedding and funerals will return to normal. Some of the measures include:. Andrews said it was “one of the most comprehensive pieces of modelling work” done in Australia and had national significance. Victoria's first weekend since harsher social distancing laws were implemented will start with a ban on all but the most basic outdoor activities. "Of course there are many thousands more close contacts who are being worked with in terms of trying to contain the spread of the virus and our public health team is doing that very important work as best they possibly can," he said. "If we were to fail to take those steps, then it won't be a couple of hundred cases per day, it will be many more than that and spiral well and truly out of control," he said. The daily exercise limit will also be extended from one hour to two hours. Mr Andrews said Victoria would shortly have conducted 1 million tests. And unless this is done safely and steadily that simply won’t happen.”. From midnight next Sunday, Andrews said, the curfew would start at 9pm instead of 8pm, and people who live on their own would be able to have one guest in their home, extending the rules for intimate partner visits to one friend or family member. That's not for today. I didn't want to be in this position. Victoria has recorded 19,538 cases in 2020. “Pretending it’s over because we want it to be, that is not something I will do,” he said. It's much more than that. There are 1,872 active cases in Victoria, of which just 98 are in regional areas. If you don't have a lawful excuse, then there are significant penalties that will apply.". Regional Victoria stage 3 restrictions explained, closely follows the version leaked on Saturday, if the stage-four restrictions were lifted before daily case numbers fell below 25 the figures could “rebound”. “We have to take steady and safe steps out of lockdown.”. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced these new measures in an hour-long press conference on Tuesday. The lockdown was lifted in April after 11 weeks, four weeks fewer than Melbourne's shutdown is due to last. He said he was “100% accountable for where we find ourselves but, equally, I’m accountable for getting us to the other side of this”. , register or subscribe to save articles for later. He said not taking significant action now would mean thousands more cases, and most likely more deaths. "I'll appeal to Victorians, don't for a moment think that you could flout these rules and travel into country Victoria," he said. Victoria declares state of disaster as Melbourne goes into stage 4 lockdown with an 8pm curfew Adrian Esterman - August 2, 2020 5 MIN READ Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that metropolitan Melbourne will move to “stage 4” restrictions from 6pm Sunday, as … Earlier today, Premier Daniel Andrews announced that stage 4 lockdown will stay in place for another two weeks after the initial date of Sunday 13 September, until at least Monday 28 September. Schools would also return from grades prep to two and also years 10, 11 and 12 for VCE and Vcal studies. Victoria has officially confirmed stage four restrictions will be introduced in Melbourne as coronavirus cases skyrocket. Melbourne was placed under stage-four lockdown on 2 August while regional Victoria was put under stage three. For people who do live in regional Victoria, not much of today's announcement applies to you. AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time which is 10 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). You can't leave metropolitan Melbourne to get your daily exercise. Passengers were given an information sheet and asked to present themselves if they had a fever or suspect they might have the disease. Key Points. The Premier was clear that now was not the time for people to be travelling to regional areas — and the Defence Force would be on the ground helping to ensure that. I do hope that is quite soon. If daily case numbers fell to an average of between 50 and 30 a day by 28 September, Andrews said, public outdoor gatherings would be able to increase from two people to five people from two households. Lockdown 2.0 in Melbourne, with a curfew and locals told to stay within five kilometres of their homes. "Let's not see it as simply an inconvenience. "'Cusp of a second wave', 'second wave', what people want to call this is entirely irrelevant.". "These are unsustainably high numbers of new cases," the Premier said. The government and chief health officer admit they’re now unsure whether Melbourne will be able to take the next step out of lockdown on October 19. Australia starts lockdown measures as coronavirus cases jump Beachgoers are seen at sunrise at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, on March 22, 2020. Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume. It will come into effect from midnight on Wednesday and will last for six weeks. The extension will include some minor changes. "I think a sense of complacency has crept into us as we let our frustrations get the better of us. I think each of us know that we've got no choice but to take these very, very difficult steps.". And it will kill thousands of people if it gets completely away from us. “We have come this far now. Melbourne’s The Age newspaper and others reported a letter sent by Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley to players which made reference to a Feb. 8 start date. I know that. We could have gone for a shorter period," he said. "If you are starting to see stability in low numbers, we'd have much greater confidence those are real numbers, rather than a false sense that the virus was not there anymore or at such low levels that a suppression strategy would be able to work.". The extended lockdown means thousands of people will be unable to return to work before the federal government reduces the fortnightly rate of the jobkeeper and jobseeker payments, which will taper off from the end of September. The roadmap closely follows the version leaked on Saturday. The death toll rose by two to 106 on Monday. Victoria’s deputy chief health officer, Prof Allen Cheng, said the modelling suggested that “if we relax too early we risk a loss of control and … another lockdown”. Andrews said he “can’t change” those failures now. "Daily exercise will be treated differently. That date had been brought forward a week, provided Melbourne stayed on track with its COVID-19 numbers. One that will do even more damage than this pandemic has already done. Mr Andrews was clear that he did not want to impose these lockdowns again, but the alternatives were just too dangerous. Australia's coronavirus lockdown – the first 50 days Fri 1 May 2020 16.00 EDT 12.33 EDT O n 12 March, two weeks after Australia declared the coronavirus would become a … Morrison labelled the lockdown “crushing news for the people of Victoria and a further reminder of the impact and costs that result from not being able to contain outbreaks of Covid-19”. The tournament was scheduled for Jan. 18-31 at Melbourne Park, which is the tournament’s regular slot late in the southern summer holidays. "There will be every chance you'll be stopped and asked. Those numbers are far beyond those in any other Australian state or territory at the moment. Melbourne was placed under stage-four lockdown on 2 August while regional Victoria was put under stage three. "I want to be clear with you. Schools will return for students in years three to 10, retail businesses and hairdressers will reopen, and cafes and restaurants will be able to open for outdoor seated service. We have to be clear with each other that this is not over," he said. "And pretending that it is because we all want it to be over is not the answer. Melbourne lockdown, lack of titled lots drives 28pc sales slump. There will also be a phased return to working from the office for those working from home. Andrews said he had “continued discussions” with the prime minister, Scott Morrison, about providing ongoing support for Victorians, but would not go into those discussions publicly. We don't want that.". "There's a number, on the advice of the chief health officer, of very low public health risk activities that will be permitted that were not permitted last time, but the most important point to make around exercise is that you can't be going on a four-hour bushwalk hundreds of kilometres away from Melbourne.". It's a pandemic. Regional Victoria, now under stage-three restrictions, would move “a step ahead of metropolitan Melbourne”, the premier said. This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. Melbourne's coronavirus restrictions will start easing from 11:59pm Tuesday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says. The state on Sunday announced 671 new cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths. Nearly five million residents of greater Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire have entered a very different world, with a new six-week lockdown coming into effect. 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