COVID-19 Melbourne suburbs that can be closed because only half of the active cases have been recorded
More Melburnians could be imprisoned soon if they live in suburbs with a large number of COVID-19 cases.
Health Minister Jenny Mikakos unveiled four postcodes on Thursday with the highest number of new cases in the past week – 3064, 3060, 3047 and 3031.
While 10 suburbs closed in 3064, 3060, and 3047 earlier this week, neighboring suburbs Flemington and Kensington didn’t have that in 3031.
The suburbs could be next to stay at home, as Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said Friday that the shutdown could extend to other areas.
Victoria is currently facing 442 active cases of COVID-19, but only half of the cases are recorded in the 10 closed zip codes, including 36 suburbs.
Cars are in a drive-through test clinic for COVID-19 in Melbourne on Saturday. So far, 36 suburbs have been closed and two others, Kensington and Flemington, could join them soon
“I cannot exclude any further restrictions and we certainly cannot exclude other postcodes,” said Mr. Andrews.
“(Decisions) are made by case number in geographic area – that’s not a matter of commenting on that zip code or the people who live and work there.
“It’s just a fact that you have a problem, and you really need to take important action to bring it up.
“I’m not announcing that I’m not even foreshadowing today, I’m just saying that you can’t rule that out because we’re driven by the data, and of course the data changes from day to day.”
The prime minister explained that health authorities use a formula to determine whether a zip code is a ‘hotspot’ to be locked, with three criteria.
The three criteria are: a case rate of more than twice the state average, a rate of more than 20 per 100,000 persons, and more than five reported cases.
An aerial view of the famous Flemington Racecourse with the Melbourne CBD in the back. The exact number of cases in the suburb is not known
An empty park in Kensington, in zip code 3031, which has not been closed despite most of the past week
The Victorian Health Department has not released numbers for zip code 3031, as it is not considered a “ priority zip code ” according to its formula.
Flemington and Kensington are adjacent to Ascot Vale and Travancore in the closed 3032, which has nine active cases.
The suburbs are also located in the local government areas of Moonee Valley and Melbourne, each of which has 32 active cases.
But this statistic is not an accurate representation because it includes other zip codes and many hotels that quarantine repeat travelers.
Flemington and Kensington are two of a number of others that have not yet been identified as hotspots or even listed for locking.
The other suburbs include City of Melbourne with 39 active businesses, Wyndham with 22, Casey with 21, Melton with 19, Yarra with 12, and Whittlesea with 21.
Melbourne has shut down 36 of its suburbs to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The suburbs (photo) are located in 10 Local Government Areas (LGAs)
As of Friday, there are 442 active cases across the state – only half of which are in the closed-off hotspot suburbs.
The figure is 66 more than the day before in Melbourne, the 17th consecutive double-digit day.
More than 10,000 people in Victoria recently refused to be tested for COVID-19 in a suburban test blitz, which began on June 25.
Since the beginning of the year, more than 880,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the state, with 24,430 tests on Thursday alone.
There have been a total of 2,388 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Victoria since the onset of the pandemic.
Two shoppers walk through an empty shopping area in Melbourne. The city had its 17th consecutive day of COVID-19 on double digits on Friday