Australia Victoria records another 10 Covid-19 cases
A breakdown of today's COVID-19 news in each state and territory
Saturday saw developments in COVID-19 news around much of the country. Here's a quick guide to what's new.Click on a link below to jump to your state or territory.
Victoria has recorded another 10 cases of, just hours before millions of people are due to exit .
The fresh cases were reported by state health authorities on Tuesday morning, but all were in isolation throughout their infectious period.
While public health orders set to ease from 11.59pm tonight, a host of tough restrictions will remain to try and stop the spread.
The details were hashed out in a meeting late on Monday night, with officials agreeing to get rid of the 5km travel rule and reopen schools, shops and gyms.
Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to make a formal announcement at midday today.
Victoria records four new Covid cases as border rules tighten
Victoria has recorded four new locally acquired Covid cases as the state tightens its border bubble with NSW.All cases are linked to Victoria's current outbreaks and were in isolation for their entire infectious period. Another infection was detected in a returned traveller in hotel quarantine.
VICTORIA'S NEW RESTRICTIONS AFTER LOCKDOWN ENDS ON TUESDAY AT 11.59PM
- Schools to reopen
- Cafes and restaurants open but with a cap of 25 or 50 people inside and 100 outside
- Retail to open with one person per 4sqm rule
- Outdoor community sport to restart with 100 person cap
- Masks to remain mandatory both indoors and outdoors
- The new restrictions will apply statewide, including in Melbourne
Pubs, restaurants and cafes can also reopen, but will have to limit customers to either 25 or 50 people indoors at any one time.
Sources say Victorians will once again be allowed to gather in groups of 10.
'The restrictions are going to be onerous for the next few months,' a source told the.
'It's going to not be worthwhile for a lot of restaurants to open if what is being talked about goes ahead,' another source said.
Victoria wakes to its fifth lockdown. Here's how we got there again
Once more, it's a case of deja vu all over again for repeatedly locked-down Victorians, who are asking what went wrong so rapidly.It was only on Sunday that Victoria recorded it's 11th-straight day of zero new cases and Victorians in New South Wales were being urged to hurry home.
'Not great news for Melbourne.'
About 15,600 Victorians were vaccinated on Monday and 24,340 Covid tests were received.
It was also revealed on Tuesday morning that police will not take any action against Sydney removalists who spread the Delta strain to several people in Melbourne.
Police said detectives have concluded their investigation into whether public health orders were breached.
The workers were found to have not broken any rules, except for one man who could be fined $1,000 for not wearing a mask.
They all had the appropriate permits to enter the state despite the Harbour City's spiralling number of Covid cases which has now surpassed 1,500 cases.
As a result, numerous residents were infected with the virus at Ariele Apartments in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, sending the entire building and its 200 residents into quarantine for 14 days.
'Victoria Police has undertaken an assessment of the material provided and determined there is no evidence of other offending,' a police spokeswoman said.
Victoria records 19 new local cases of COVID-19, all linked to current outbreak
Victoria recorded 19 new local cases on Saturday, although two were announced on Friday afternoon, with 165 exposure sites now listed across the state.There were 47,606 test results received.
'As such, Victoria Police will not be taking any action and this matter is closed from a police perspective.'
Victoria had 11 further infections on Monday, bringing the total active number of cases in the state to 190, but all of the new transmissions were isolating and had not been in the community.
All 11 were also linked to known cases.
These vital statistics have put the Garden State firmly on track to get out of lockdown on Wednesday as scheduled.
But the Premier has previously warned tough measures are likely to remain in place until the state's vaccination rate reaches 50 per cent.
'On the data we have now, on the trend we have now, the strategy is working. We are well placed,' the Premier said.
'But we won't go from five reasons to leave the home from midnight on Tuesday to do whatever you want, wherever you want,' he said.
The ongoing restrictions being discussed would see schoolchildren return to the classroom this week with excursions, planned camps and events also set to be given the green light.
High level talks are already underway to open the doors of Victoria's beloved hospitality venues with cafes, restaurants and bars looking likely to trade this week under the 4 person per sq/m rule with a cap of 50 patrons indoors.
Victoria lockdown likely to extend as local COVID-19 cases grow
Victoria's snap lockdown is likely to extend past tomorrow as more local coronavirus cases and exposure sites emerge across the state. Extra doses of Pfizer vaccine arrive in Australia There were 17 new local cases recorded in Victoria yesterday, including one in Mildura, and the growing list of exposure sites has already topped 200 venues.Experts now fear the five-day lockdown which was set to lift from midnight tomorrow will be extended as Victoria tries to get on top of the growing outbreak.
Retail stores are also set to have the same restrictions, while outdoor community sports events will be capped at 100 people.
Under the new proposal face masks are expected to remain mandatory both indoors and outdoors as the highly contagious Indian Delta variant continues to wreak havoc north of the border.
'Over the past week, we've seen the day of our highest-ever testing numbers in Victoria and yesterday, we saw 25,000 plus tests returned,' the state's Covid commander Martin Foley said.
'That together gives us some further comfort that we know what is out there but we can only be sure if Victorians continue to come forward in such strong numbers.'
However, he urged residents with symptoms to continue to come forward for testing, particularly those from Melbourne's northern and western suburbs where Covid fragments were detected in sewage between July 20 and 23.
The alert applies to the suburbs of Tarneit, Trinder nine, Glenroy Hadfield, Oak Park, Pascoe Vale, and Truganina.
Lockdown extension expected of at least three days as Victoria records nine new cases .
Victoria has recorded nine new local cases of coronavirus as the government prepares to announce how long the state's fifth lockdown will be extended. © Jason South COVID-19 Lockdown. Very quiet roads and cycling paths in Footscray in Lockdown No#5. 20 th July 2021. Photo by Jason South. The Age Authorities received 49,454 tests and 17,083 Victorians received a vaccination dose. There were two new cases in hotel quarantine.Reported yesterday: 13 new local cases and 2 new cases acquired overseas (currently in HQ).