Victoria’s lockdown will be most certainly extended after the state recorded 12 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases today (Monday), However, all the cases are linked to the current outbreak.
Premier Daniel Andrews told the media, “These restrictions simply cannot end at midnight tomorrow night. That would not be the responsible thing to do.”
As per the announcement made by the Premier on Thursday evening, Victoria’s lockdown was supposed to end on midnight Tuesday. Due to a large number of close contests of COVID positive cases still to be tested Mr Andrews is not confirming how long the current lockdown will last.
“For as long as it need to … not a moment longer,”” Premier Daniel Andrews added.
The Victorian health department confirmed it recorded 13 new local infections in the 24 hours to Monday morning, among these numbers is one case from the regional Victorian town of Mildura which is of great concern to authorities.
It is also advised by health authorities that all the new locally acquired cases are linked to the current outbreaks and of Delta variant.
Victoria’s total number of active cases is now 81. There are currently 15,800 primary close contacts in quarantine or isolation.
Premier Daniel Andrews again stressed that the Delta variant of COVID19 is a “great challenge” and his decision to take Victorians to snap lockdown was correct.
“If we had stayed open, we would be just like Sydney … with hundreds and hundreds of cases,” he summarised.