Bunnings won't back down over anti-maskers in Victoria stores
Bunnings says it will not tolerate anti-maskers in some of its Victorian stores and will refer belligerent customers to police. The hardware giant has found itself in the middle of a no face mask debate after a video of a woman who refused to wear one in the store went viral over the weekend.Bunnings Managing Director Mike Schneider today said any suggestion some stores in metropolitan Melbourne or the Mitchell Shire had backed down over face mask rules was patently false.
Victoria has recorded 471 further cases of coronavirus , and eight new deaths, Premier Daniel Andrews has announced. Key points: Victoria now has more than 1,500 cases linked to aged care. The Premier released more details of stage 4 restrictions on Melbourne businesses, which took effect
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© Getty Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews speaks to the media during the daily COVID-19 briefing Victoria has recorded 471 new cases of coronavirus as Melbourne suffers its fourth day of stage-four lockdown.
The figure marks a dramatic decrease from the record 725 cases on Wednesday.
Premier Daniel Andrews announced on Thursday afternoon 1,533 of the state's 7,449 active cases were linked to aged care.
It comes after government modelling, leaked to The Australian newspaper, reportedly showed that case numbers would hit 1,100 next week and stay at a similar level for a further eight days.
Morrison Canberra bound to deal with escalating Victorian aged-care outbreak
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will be cutting his trip to Queensland short to address issues facing Victoria's aged-care sector amid the state's second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. "The situation remains very concerning and particularly the aged-care situation," Mr Morrison said."The situation in Victorian aged-care is very complex," he said."Community transmission ... is finding its way into many facilities.
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Victoria has recorded 671 new coronavirus cases yesterday, as Premier Daniel Andrews announces a state of disaster will be declared across the state from 6pm tonight. The ABC understands Victoria has recorded another significant jump in coronavirus cases , with 671 new infections since yesterday.
The modelling estimates daily new cases will reach 693 by this Saturday, and then increase to more than 700 by Sunday. © Provided by Daily Mail Secret Victorian government modelling reportedly predicts coronavirus cases will peak in mid to late August, with average daily new cases hitting 1,100 per day
It predicts cases will rapidly surge at the start of next week before hitting 800 new cases per day on Thursday and 900 by Friday, and then 990 on August 15.
The state will record an average of 1,000 new cases each day for eight days, peaking at 1,100 from August 17 to August 22, according to the forecast.
Gallery: Coronavirus in Australia
A sudden surge in the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases has been reported from Australian cities of Melbourne and Sydney. In a bid to control the outbreak, authorities announced on July 7 that Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in the state of Victoria will return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions for six weeks, from 11:59 p.m. on July 8. Wearing of face masks has been made compulsory in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire starting 11:59 p.m. on July 22. A $200 fine will be charged from those who fail to do so. Starting Aug. 2, a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. was imposed in Melbourne. Additionally, metropolitan Melbourne was placed under Stage 4 restrictions starting from 6 p.m. on Aug. 2. Several new cases have been reported from Sydney, the capital of New South Wales (NSW), leading to the reintroduction of stricter social distancing norms. Meanwhile, for the first time in a 100 years, the border between Victoria and NSW – two of the nation's most populous states – has been closed to curb the outbreak.
Queensland woman who travelled interstate tests positive to coronavirus, forcing Parklands Christian College to close
Parklands Christian College, south of Brisbane, temporarily closes after an employee tests positive for COVID-19. The woman, who is now in isolation, had recently returned from interstate.Parklands Christian College has been temporarily closed to undergo cleaning after Queensland Health confirmed a woman tested positive late yesterday after last week returning from interstate.
Victoria has recorded no new coronavirus cases or deaths for the eleventh straight day, the state's health department says. Key points: Four active cases remain in Victoria , including one "mystery" case . Premier Daniel Andrews has announced free kinder for 2021. Queensland could open its border
Victoria is setting up testing facilities at its border with South Australia, after it recorded its 19th-straight day of no new coronavirus cases and no deaths. Key points: Three cases remain active in Victoria . More than 17,000 test results were received in 24 hours. Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley says
Here's a look at the ongoing situation in pictures.
(Pictured) Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews speaks to the media during the daily COVID-19 briefing in Melbourne on Aug. 5.
Police officers and soldiers patrol a popular running track in Melbourne on Aug. 4.
The main foyer of Melbourne's Flinders Street station, usually bustling with commuters, is seen empty on Aug. 4.
A worker cleans security bollards outside Flinders Street station on Aug. 3.
Workers push trolleys past an empty shop in Melbourne's central business district on Aug. 3.
A man walks past a large face mask pinned to a tree in Melbourne on Aug. 3.
A general view of St. Brigid’s Parish in Sydney on Aug. 3. The church was closed for cleaning on Aug. 2 after a couple who attended a mass service tested positive for COVID-19.
Minister stands by response to Victorian COVID-19 crisis
Questions have been raised over why it took so long for action to be taken in Victoria over the mounting coronavirus outbreak in aged care homes across the state. It comes as Premier Daniel Andrews took aim at the Federal Government over its handling of the crisis.Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck told Today the situation in a number of aged care facilities was concerning, but there was now enough being done about the problem.
The state confirmed 13 new deaths and 723 new cases on Thursday - a 36% jump on the case record set on Monday. Officials in Victoria renewed appeals for people with symptoms to get tested quickly. Last week, the Victorian government said sick people breaking isolation rules - or not getting tested
Victoria records zero new cases of coronavirus and no deaths on Sunday, as the Victorian government reveals funding to help kids re-engage with Pub owners want patron capacity increased as customers return. Melbourne's 14-day rolling average of new cases per day is now 2.2, down from
The Bolte Bridge, a large eight-lane arterial bridge, is completely deserted, following a curfew in Melbourne on Aug. 2.
A general view of a deserted Bourke Street after a citywide curfew is introduced in Melbourne on Aug. 2.
Protective Service Officers patrol Swanston Street before a citywide curfew is introduced in Melbourne on Aug. 2.
People line up to enter a supermarket hours before a citywide curfew is introduced in Melbourne on Aug. 2.
A digital sign warning people to social distance is seen at Bondi Beach in Sydney on Aug. 2.
A healthcare worker wearing a face shield and protective clothing is seen at a pop-up testing clinic in Rushcutters Bay in Sydney on Aug. 2.
People maintain social distancing as they line up outside a Coles supermarket in Melbourne on Aug. 2.
Nineteen new cases of coronavirus in NSW, health authorities confirm
Health authorities in NSW have confirmed 19 new cases of coronavirus in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday. Two of the cases were returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine. There were 18,543 tests conducted over the reporting period.
Members of the Australian Defence Force patrol with members of Victoria Police in Melbourne on Aug. 2.
A member of the Muslim community records his details on arrival at the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque in Sydney for Eid al-Adha prayers on July 31. New South Wales had granted an exemption for 400 people to gather at the mosque to celebrate Eid.
Worshipers leave Auburn Gallipoli Mosque after Friday prayer on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha festival on July 31.
Police patrol near the Shrine of Remembrance enforcing COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne on July 31.
Police arrests an anti-mask protester for not wearing a mask and refusing to give details to police in Melbourne on July 31.
A man is fined by Victoria Police for refusing to wear a face mask in Melbourne on July 31.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews leaves the daily briefing in Melbourne on July 31.
Medical personnel in personal protective equipment (PPE) are seen at a pop-up testing centre in Sydney on July 30.
People maintain social distance as they queue to be tested for COVID-19 in Sydney on July 30.
A medical personnel holds a swab while administering a test in Sydney on July 30.
Police speak to staff at the Epping Gardens Aged Care Facility, on the outskirts of Melbourne, on July 29.
Victoria's death toll nears 100 after nine more die
Victoria's COVID-19 death toll has risen to 92 after another nine people died overnight. The deaths include two people in their 90s, five in their 80s, one in their 70s and one in their 60s.Seven of the fatalities were from the private sector aged care, where there are more than 800 linked cases."We send our love and support and condolences and best wishes to each of those families," Premier Daniel Andrews said.It comes as Victoria recorded a dip in COVID-19 cases, with 295 new cases overnight, taking the state's total to 9304.
An international student is seen collecting food from a volunteer of a charity food organisation in Melbourne on July 28. Originally aimed at providing meals for healthcare workers, the charity, Alex Makes Meals, has now expanded to provide meals for anyone in need following the return of lockdown restrictions.
Cleaners are seen at Epping Gardens Aged Care Facility on July 28.
Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton speaks to the media in Melbourne on July 27.
A general view of the exterior of Thai Rock restaurant in Potts Point in Sydney on July 27. A warning has been issued to anyone who attended Thai Rock between July 15 and 25 to self-isolate and be tested after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews arrives for a press conference in Melbourne on July 27.
A clinical waste remover wearing personal protective equipment is seen emptying a clinical waste bin at St. Basil's Home for the Aged, which has had an outbreak of COVID-19, in Fawkner suburb of Melbourne on July 27.
Medical staff prepare to transport people from the St. Basil's Home for the Aged in Fawkner on July 25.
Jacinda Ardern cancels travel between New Zealand and Australia
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has cancelled plans for the trans-Tasman tourism bubble as Victoria struggles to contain a coronavirus outbreak and is in full lockdown.The New Zealand Prime Minister said flights between the two nations was out of the question as Victoria struggles to contain a coronavirus outbreak.
Australian Defence Force personnel and a Victorian Department of Human Services officer knock on houses in Melbourne on July 25. ADF personnel are now knocking on doors of homes of Victorians who don't pick up the phone after testing positive for coronavirus disease.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews arrives for a daily briefing in Melbourne on July 25.
A worker exits the Bertocchi Smallgoods premises, where a cluster of 57 coronavirus cases was recorded, in Melbourne on July 25.
An empty Degraves Street is seen at the usually peak morning period in Melbourne on July 24.
A jogger is seen running while wearing a mask in Melbourne on July 24.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews walks out of the theatre hall after his press conference in Melbourne on July 24.
A Protective Services Officer (R) speaks to a member of public in Melbourne on July 23.
Beachgoers wear protective face masks at St Kilda beach in Melbourne on July 23.
A cyclist wears a protective face mask in Melbourne after it became the first city in Australia to enforce mask-wearing in public as part of efforts to curb a resurgence of COVID-19, on July 23.
Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos speaks to the media in Melbourne on July 23.
Registered nurses conduct COVID-19 swab tests as large crowds queue at a Bondi Beach drive-through testing clinic in Sydney on July 22.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews speaks to the media in Melbourne on July 22.
Four coronavirus cases, including baby, in Wagga Wagga but authorities say risk to community low
Four people, including a baby, are diagnosed with coronavirus in Wagga Wagga but authorities are confident the risk to the community is low.They are all from the same family and have been in self-isolation since returning from Victoria.
Frontline medical staff work at a pop-up testing site at Colac Area Health in Victoria on July 22.
Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos speaks during a press conference in Melbourne on July 21.
Statues along Swanston Street in Melbourne are seen with face masks on July 20.
People wait to buy face masks outsides a pharmacy in Melbourne on July 20.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (L) leaves after speaking to media during a visit to DisplayWise in Sydney on July 20.
A view of face masks for sale inside a store in Melbourne on July 20.
A health worker wearing a protective suit conducts tests for COVID-19 at the Bondi Beach drive-through testing centre in Sydney on July 20.
People wearing face masks cross the normally busy Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne on July 20.
A medical professional is seen inside the Brady Hotel, where people with COVID-19 are in quarantine, in Melbourne on July 19.
A “For Lease” sign is seen on Acland Street in Melbourne, as commercial vacancies skyrocket during COVID-19, on July 19.
A general view of the public housing complex at Alfred Street in Melbourne on July 19. The housing block came out of total lockdown late on July 18 and is now in line with restrictions placed across the rest of Melbourne.
Clinical waste bins are removed from the public housing complex at Alfred Street on July 19.
People wearing face masks walk while keeping social distancing at Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne on July 18.
A sign hangs from a window of a tower under strict lockdown, in Melbourne on July 18.
Healthcare workers prepare to conduct swab tests at a drive-through COVID-19 testing facility in Hoppers Crossing on July 17.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews sanitises his hands after speaking to the media at the daily briefing in Melbourne on July 17.
A medical worker speaks to a person outside a COVID-19 testing venue at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne on July 16.
A notice has been placed on the front door of a cafe to advise customers that they are closed until further notice, in Melbourne, on July 15.
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) police and health officers stand during a quarantine compliance check demonstration at the Burbury Hotel in Canberra on July 15.
A food delivery person is seen riding by one of the many empty shops with a "for lease" sign in Melbourne on July 15.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews gives an update about the new cases reported overnight during his morning press conference in Melbourne on July 15.
Tests are carried out at a pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic at Victoria Park in Sydney on July 14.
People wearing face masks are seen at the entrance of the Menarock Life aged care facility, where a cluster of some new infections had been reported, in the Melbourne suburb of Essendon on July 14.
A line of traffic leads to a pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic in Sydney on July 14.
A staff member sanitises her hands outside the Menarock Life aged care facility on July 14.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian speaks at a press conference in Sydney on July 14. Berejiklian said that stricter social distancing restrictions will be reintroduced in response to the COVID-19 cluster outbreak linked to Sydney’s Crossroads Hotel. Group bookings at pubs will be reduced from 20 back to a maximum of 10 people and large venues will not be allowed to have more than 300 patrons, while there will be tougher regulations on venues to collect the contact details of patrons in case of an outbreak.
Tests are carried out at the Bondi Beach COVID-19 drive-through testing clinic in Sydney on July 14.
COVID-19 testing is carried out at the Crossroads Hotel in Sydney suburb of Casula on July 13.
People wearing face masks are seen in Melbourne on July 13.
An empty Federation Square is seen in Melbourne on July 13.
Victoria's Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton speaks to the media at a press conference in Melbourne on July 13.
A police patrol car is seen at St. Kilda Beach in Melbourne on July 12.
Police walk dogs belonging to residents of the Alfred Street public housing tower, which remains under tight lockdown, on July 11.
Response personnel dispose of rubbish outside a public housing tower in Melbourne on July 10.
An essential worker sanitises surfaces in Melbourne on July 10.
Members of Victoria Police perform checks at a road block in Melbourne on July 9.
Workers seen with trolleys of supplies at the Flemington Public housing tower in Melbourne on July 9.
Police officers and healthcare workers are stationed outside a public housing tower that is locked down as a coronavirus hotspot, in Melbourne on July 8.
Players of Melbourne-based A-League teams are seen preparing to board a bus in an attempt to head to New South Wales from AAMI Park in Melbourne on July 7.
Police in Albury check cars crossing the state border from Victoria on July 8.
A sign is displayed regarding COVID-19 restrictions in New South Wales on July 7.
High case numbers will persist well into September and October, at around 300 a day when the state's stage four lockdown is due to end in September, the modelling reportedly predicts.
On Thursday morning, thousands of businesses were scrambling to operate under strict new rules which limit the number of staff allowed on site in a bid to slow the virus spread.
The state government only released a full list of businesses which are allowed to continue operating at 11pm last night, just one hour before the rules kicked in. © Provided by Daily Mail Victoria has recorded 471 new cases of coronavirus as Melbourne suffers its fourth day of stage-four lockdown. Pictured: Commuters on Thursday
The forced closure of companies in the entertainment, retail, travel and other sectors is expected to put 250,000 people out of work.
Health Minister Jenny Mikakos tweeted a public link to the updated guidelines at 1am Thursday.
'It's still a bit of a disaster,' Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox told Nine's Today show on Thursday.
'We're now on the first morning of the new lockdown, and businesses still aren't clear on what they can and can't do.'
Mr Willox said businesses were 'flying blind', particularly on issues like warehouses, noting that 'reducing numbers of staff in warehouses would impact on food supplies, among many other things', he told ABC radio. © Provided by Daily Mail A police car is parked outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne on Thursday
Premier Daniel Andrews had warned earlier this week the new restrictions, which would see normal staffing levels at food warehouse and meat production outlets reduced to one-third, would impact food supply.
Retail stores across the city will largely be closed to customers from Thursday, while construction and manufacturing work will also been scaled back in a bid to slow the spread of the virus.
Employees allowed to work on-site now have to show a permit or official work ID if they are by stopped police to prove they can leave their homes, or face fines of up to $99,123 for businesses and up to $19,826 for individuals.
Permitted workers and those working from home who cannot supervise their kids must fill out separate forms to send them to child care, kindergarten or primary school.
The rules kicked in a day after Victoria recorded its deadliest day of the COVID-19 pandemic with 15 fatalities, including that of a man in his 30s, and 725 new cases. © Provided by Daily Mail Victoria has reported 471 new cases of coronavirus. Pictured: A cyclist in Albert Park, Melbourne on Wednesday
Melbourne has been in stage-four lockdown since Sunday with schools shut, weddings banned, and citizens restricted to within a 5km radius of their homes.
Between 8pm and 5am, residents are only allowed to leave their house for work and essential health, care or safety reasons.
The state suffered its worst day of the COVID-19 outbreak on Wednesday, with 725 new cases and 15 fatalities, including Australia's youngest victim - a man in his 30s.
There are now 7,227 active cases in Victoria, 2,280 of which have no known source. © Provided by Daily Mail Health authorities are betting on the six-week lockdown and city-wide 8pm curfew causing cases to 'decline quite rapidly'
What is open in Melbourne Stage 4
Supermarkets, bottle shops, petrol stations, pharmacies, post offices, banks
Retailers working onsite to fulfill online orders
Hardware, building an garden supplies for trade
Specialist stationery for business use
Motor vehicle parts for emergency repairs, mechanics
Locksmiths, laundry and dry cleaners, maternity supplies
Disability and health services and equipment, mobility devices
Farms and commercial fishing
Vets, pounds and animal shelters © Provided by Daily Mail Supermarkets will stay open
Construction of critical infrastructure and services to support those projects
Critical repairs to homes where required for emergency or safety
Cafes and restaurants for takeaway
Critical service call centres
Law enforcement and courts for urgent matters
Prisons, facilities for parolees, adult parole board, youth justice facilities
Essential maintenance and manufacturing
What is closed in Melbourne Stage 4
Personal care including hairdressers
Pubs, taverns, bars, brothels and prostitution services, clubs, nightclubs
Food courts, restaurants, cafes, etc
Architectural, engineering and technical services
Travel and tour agencies
Non-emergency call centre operations
Non-urgent elective surgery
Museums, parks and gardens, ski resorts
Places of worship except what is required to stream services or provide soup kitchens and food banks
Manufacturing of non-metallic mineral and fabricated metal products, furniture, wood, textile, leather fur, dressing knitted, clothing and footwear, domestic appliances
All office-based and professional businesses, except those delivering critical services, must work from home
OPERATING BUT LIMITED
Building sites of more than three storeys - 25 per cent of workforce
Less than three storeys- five workers on site at a time only
Meat processing - workers cut by a third
Shopping centres for access to permitted retail only
Public transport, ride share and taxis only to support access to permitted services for permitted workers
Thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing with minimum number of essential participants to operate safely
NEW CRACKDOWN FOR VICTORIAN ISOLATION BREACHES
* A fine of $4957 for failing to self-isolate for a second or subsequent time - the highest on-the-spot penalty available to Victoria Police
* Police can also take offenders to court, where they face a fine of up to $20,000
* People who have tested positive or who are close contacts can no longer leave their homes for exercise
* An additional 250 sworn officers joining Operation Sentinel, which polices Victoria's coronavirus rules
* More than 500 ADF personnel and 300 authorised officers are joining Operation Vestige, which is the door-knocking of people who have tested positive or are close contacts to ensure they are self-isolating
* More than 4000 home visits every day from next week
* Of about 3000 door knocks so far, in more than 800 cases the person supposed to be isolating was not at home
* As part of the stage-four lockdown, from midnight Wednesday workers in permitted industries who cannot work from home must carry a signed permit when travelling to and from their jobs
* People already can be fined $1652 in Victoria for breaking coronavirus rules and $200 for not wearing a mask in public.
Four coronavirus cases, including baby, in Wagga Wagga but authorities say risk to community low .
Four people, including a baby, are diagnosed with coronavirus in Wagga Wagga but authorities are confident the risk to the community is low.They are all from the same family and have been in self-isolation since returning from Victoria.