It has been a frantic day of coronavirus developments in Australia with 86 new cases. Here’s all the news you need to know overnight.
Australia has now surpassed more than 8,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, after 86 new cases were recorded overnight.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the country rose to 8,001 after 77 new cases were recorded in Victoria, eight were discovered in New South Wales and one person was diagnosed in the Northern Territory.
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Victoria was in the spotlight again today after lockdown restrictions were put in place for parts of Melbourne and further allegations against the state’s hotel quarantine program came to light.
WHAT WE KNOW
Stage three lockdown restrictions officially went into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday for 36 Melbourne suburbs in 10 postcodes.
Over the next four weeks, more than 310,000 residents who live in these sensitive areas will only be able to leave their homes for four reasons, including exercise, food, care and work / school.
Victoria Police have warned that anyone caught breaking the rules can expect a fine of $ 1,652.
âI want to be absolutely clear – for those who are selfish enough to ignore these warnings from the chief medical officer, the deliberate, obvious and egregious violations, if they do this we will break them,â the police chief said. said Commissioner Shane Patton.
“While we may have been very lenient lately, with this urgency that we live in, with this threat to public health, to public safety, that leniency is dissipating day by day.”
Anyone who is in sensitive areas of Melbourne and is caught trying to enter NSW also faces a fine of $ 11.00 or six months in jail.
About 50 workers at a Sydney Woolworths have been forced to self-isolate after one of the workers tested positive for COVID-19.
The man tested positive for the coronavirus while in quarantine at a hotel in Melbourne, but was allowed to travel to Sydney 10 days later.
He tested positive for the virus again after working twice at Woolworths in Balmain on June 27 and 28.
Shoppers who visited the store were asked to watch for their own symptoms.
The announcement came after NSW Minister of Health Brad Hazzard blasted a Victorian who boarded a train to Sydney despite symptoms of COVID-19.
âThis morning we found someone with symptoms who had actually been tested in Victoria, then got on a train and came to Sydney,â he told reporters.
âNow that’s about as stupid as it gets. “
New allegations surfaced today about the mismanagement of Victoria’s hotel quarantine system.
It recently emerged that a significant number of guests and guards have been infected with COVID-19, and up to 30% of guests have refused to be tested.
A whistleblower who worked at one of the city’s hotels said the guards were given only “five minutes” training and were not given sufficient protective equipment.
Claims that guards had sex with infected guests at the Rydges Hotel or Stamford Plaza have also been aired on breakfast television and in Victorian newspapers.
A judicial inquiry will examine the complaints.
WHAT WE DON’T KNOW
It is still unclear whether more Melbourne suburbs could be placed under lockdown, as cases in the state continue to rise.
Chief health officer Brett Sutton said it was “worrying that there are 415 active cases” but “I really hope we don’t have to” lock down more suburbs.
“I really emphasize that even though these restrictions are in place in these restricted postal codes, we all have an obligation to think about how we minimize our interactions with others,” said Professor Sutton.
“And so, while the stay-at-home instructions apply to these restricted postcodes, all of us in Victoria really have to ask ourselves if we are to see people in other settings, other households, including members. family and friends. â
A series of charts shared on Twitter by Dr Paul Vella, a data scientist at Australian firm The Royals, showed a disturbing trend in several suburbs that are not locked down.
Whittlesea in the northern outer area of ââMelbourne, Wyndham in the southwest outer parts of the city and Casey in the south-eastern outer region, all with increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases.
Dr Vella told news.com.au those suburbs are following the same pattern of growth seen in other areas that are now stranded.
âYou can see from the data that the Brimbank, Hume and Moreland councils are all showing exponential growth in the number of cases recently,â he said.
âMoonee Valley, on the other hand, is only starting to see an increase in the number of cases. I can see the same pattern starting to happen in Casey, Whittlesea, Wyndham, and Melton. “
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has previously said he “will not rule out” the introduction of more restrictions if the situation continues to worsen.
Originally posted under the title Coronavirus Australia: Everything that happened in the past 24 hours