Australia Suburban lockdowns across Victoria 'very difficult' to implement

04:51  30 june  2020
04:51  30 june  2020 Source:   skynews.com.au

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But the Victorian Government must act " very rapidly" to give such local lockdowns a chance of success, UNSW epidemiology professor Mary-Louise McLaws said. Earlier this month, lockdown measures were reimposed in parts of Beijing after an outbreak linked to a seafood supermarket.

Victoria considers local lockdowns as coronavirus hot spots identified. A return to lockdowns is looking “But it would be a significantly difficult exercise to manage a stay at home order that is just about “We know that transmission is occurring across households and it is people seeing too many

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Michael Kidd says “obviously we’re very concerned about what’s happening in Victoria” and suburban lockdowns are a very real possibility.

Speaking to Sky News on Tuesday, Professor Kidd confirmed a squad of 800 federal staff were on their way to Victoria to assist with both testing and contact tracing efforts.

“It’s very important that we’re not only doing extensive testing, but following up the contacts of every person who is diagnosed positive with COVID-19,” he said.

While he said shutting down declared hotspots was an option for Premier Daniel Andrews to consider, Professor Kidd said it would be very difficult to implement.

There are currently 288 active cases of the virus in Victoria and 653 across the country.

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Schools could be shut down again as Melbourne confirms its first student-to-student transmission of coronavirus .
Increased community transmission and confirmed student-to-student transmission could mean home learning for Melbourne's coronavirus hot spots after the school holidays. Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton, who has warned the state's second wave of coronavirus could kill more Australians, is set to review whether students in the locked down areas should return to school.'I will give as much notice as I can around the resumption of school in those restricted postcodes,' he said on Thursday.

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