Australia Expiry of Victoria's lockdown in balance
Sydney's COVID-19 lockdown may cost Australia $7 billion, economist warns
The NSW lockdown may cost the national economy $1 billion a week and the recovery will be tougher depending on how long it lasts, according to prominent Australian economist Shane Oliver."We’re already into the third week. But if it gets extended for, say, another four weeks, we’re looking at a $7 billion cost," AMP Capital's chief economist Shane Oliver said.
Victoria's latest coronavirus outbreak is unfolding as hoped without any new chains of transmission, Daniel Andrews says.
However the premier warns it is still too early to tell whether the state can avoid an extension of its current five-day lockdown.
Mr Andrews says the restrictions won't go any longer than they need to but at this stage he has no advice to shorten lockdown for any areas outside Melbourne either.
Victoria recorded 16 new locally acquired cases in the 24 hours to midnight on Saturday but authorities advised there had been an extra case added in the hour before Sunday's press conference.
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The additional infection was that of a man in Mildura who had presented at hospital with COVID-19 symptoms after attending the Carlton-Geelong AFL match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last weekend.
There were 53,283 test results returned during the 24 hours to Sunday and 16,751 vaccines administered.
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Victoria also recorded two new infections acquired overseas, currently in hotel quarantine, bringing its total number of active cases to 71.
The locally acquired cases have all been linked to the current outbreaks and Victoria's health department says it is engaging with six schools after they were linked to positive cases.
Andrews would be 'staggered' if government withholds payments
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has said he would be "staggered" if the Commonwealth government refused support payments for Victorians because they had not been locked down for seven days. The Victorian Premier said he hoped Scott Morrison would be happy to compromise on limitations to disaster payments to ensure residents could get support as soon as the lockdown is enforced tonight.For the COVID-19 Disaster Payment to take effect, a person must live or work in a Commonwealth-declared hotspot that has been locked down for more than seven days.
A stay-at-home order is due to expire at midnight on Tuesday but could be extended based on data including case numbers and exposure sites, Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton says.
"Every Victorian needs to ready themself for what might emerge over the next 24/48 hours," he said on Saturday.
"All I can say is the response couldn't have been better. The judgements that have been made around a hard and fast lockdown have been the right ones. And that's got us on a good track."
Authorities estimated over the weekend that there were 10,000 "primary close contacts" in Victoria and by Sunday morning had identified 217 potential COVID-19 exposure sites across the state, some regional.
Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley said he looked forward to the Commonwealth's vaccination program push.
"I don't think it's a state secret that we are a long way behind where we should be in the vaccination program," he told reporters.
Victoria has 11 new, linked COVID cases .
Victoria has reported 11 new local COVID-19 cases, all linked to current outbreaks and in isolation for their entire infectious period. Another case was recorded in hotel quarantine, with active infections across the state rising to 190.More than 25,000 test results were received in the 24 hours to midnight on Monday, while almost 14,000 vaccine doses were administered at state-run sites during the same period. The result will further fuel hopes Victoria's extended restrictions may be eased as planned at 11.59pm on Tuesday.