Australia’s Chief Medical Officer has issued a stark warning of future Covid outbreaks – as ‘annoying’ footage of Melbourne partygoers surfaced in a bar minutes before shutting down.
Professor Paul Kelly said the latest outbreak in Victoria was a “ wake-up call to Australia, ” as he encouraged those who qualified for their Covid shot.
“Australians living outside of Victoria may think there is little community transfer of Covid-19 where they live – and therefore wonder why they should be vaccinated now,” he said. The Weekend Australian.
But Professor Kelly cautioned that further outbreaks in the community are “not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.”
“The answer is that at some point it is inevitable that persistent outbreaks will happen in our community – and not just in Victoria,” he said.
It’s because the number of locations exposed to Covid in Victoria has increased to at least 154 locations with dozens of new Tier 1 locations.
Meanwhile, video footage surfaced of customers being packed in a bar in Melbourne’s CBD, 10 minutes before the state shutdown at 11:59 PM on Thursday.
‘Infuriating’ footage has surfaced of Melbourne partygoers minutes before the lockdown (pictured)
Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly (pictured) has said Covid’s latest outbreak in Victoria is a ‘wake-up call for Australia’
The Victorian government slammed the ‘more than annoying’ images because visitors did not wear face masks and did not appear to adhere to guidelines for social detachment, Nine news reported.
“Victorians will be rightly frustrated with these people who selfishly ignored the rules just before they were shut down,” said a government spokesman.
The Victorian government imposed the seven-day ‘circuit breaker’ lockout in an effort to slow down its latest Covid cluster – which reached 39 cases Friday.
A record 17,223 Victorians received a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine after the state became eligible for individuals aged 40 to 49.
The Victorian government imposed a seven-day ‘circuit breaker’ lockout in an attempt to slow Melbourne’s newest Covid cluster. Pictured: A man crosses Melbourne’s usually busy Bourke Street Mall on Friday
A further 130,000 vaccines are being assigned to Victoria in light of the new Covid outbreak, and more than a million vaccines have now been administered in the state.
Following the announcement of Victoria’s lockdown, a couple whose wedding is set to take place this weekend have resorted to selling flowers of their big day from their trunk.
Maree Piacente was supposed to walk down the aisle Saturday and marry Kevin Magrin – but had to cancel – again – as the state is desperately trying to contain the latest Covid outbreak.
The couple, who live in Pascoe Vale in north Melbourne, couldn’t believe their misfortune, with their original wedding date in May last year also a non-event due to the pandemic.
They were unable to cancel their flowers – a selection of peonies, roses, carnations and snapdragons – prior to this weekend and were spotted charging for $ 10 per bunch on Thursday night – before the lockdown started at 11:59 p.m.
During the morning rush hour in Melbourne on Friday, a jogger runs past an almost deserted Flinder Street Station
Kevin Magrin was due to get married on Saturday – but the lockdown in Victoria saw his big day canceled – again (photo, flowers from the wedding he sold for $ 10 pre-lockdown)
“We didn’t want all these flowers to be lost,” said Mrs. Piacente ABC.
“I thought I was going to feel worse, but honestly, it made me happy to see how many people were happy to buy flowers for their wives, girlfriends or partners.”
29-year-old Mr Magrin said passers-by were sympathetic to their unique situation, forcing the couple once again to abandon their wedding party.
The couple acknowledged that Covid must be ‘nipped in the bud’ and are hoping for a third time of luck on their new date, which will be before the end of 2021.
After getting engaged in June 2018, they now plan to spend their ‘wedding night’ with a bottle of champagne on the couch at home.
Starting at 11:59 p.m. Thursday evenings, Victorians are only allowed to leave the house to shop for food and essential items, to provide or receive care, to exercise, to work or to study, or to get vaccinated.
Kevin Margin (left) would marry partner Maree Piacente (right) – it’s the second time Covid lockdowns have ruined their big day
The frustrated couple said many people were sympathetic – they hope to get married in Melbourne later this year
People must adhere to a 5 km travel limit for exercise and shopping and wearing masks, both indoors and outdoors. All non-essential shops are closed, while cafes and restaurants can offer take-out.
The lockdown is the state’s fourth and will end at 11:59 p.m. on June 3.
It is expected to cost Victorian businesses up to $ 1 billion, and the state government will announce a support package shortly.
People vaccinated at a Melbourne hub on Friday, May 28, after the state initiated a seven-day lockdown
Health workers (pictured) to run tests in Melbourne on Friday – on the first day of seven-day state lockdown over Covid
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