Police swarm a man trying to escape from the COVID committee apartments while imprisoned residents wave for help
Police caught a masked man trying to escape a high-rise apartment building in the center of the last Melbourne COVID-19 outbreak.
Agents took action when the man walked out of the flats along Racecourse Road in Flemington to freedom across the road on Monday.
He did not pass the gate.
Police stop a man trying to get out of a tower of the Flemington Housing Commission on Monday. He claimed he was going to make a “coffee run.”
The man appeared in the towers shortly after, where the police grabbed him again before disappearing back into the tower
Police approached the man as he approached the back of a tower of the Flemington Housing Commission on Racecourse Road
Daily Mail Australia watched as police swarmed the man who claimed he had a “coffee run.”
“You can order coffee inside,” you heard a hefty officer grabbing the man.
The man was later seen arguing with the police in one of the towers before being physically moved out of sight.
On Monday, ugly scenes continued as police severely shut down nine towers in Flemington, Kensington and North Melbourne that involved 26 new cases.
The towers have now contracted a total of 53 cases of coronavirus.
Residents of the doomed buildings had risen to a cold and wet Melbourne morning.
But no one went anywhere, even if they wanted to.
Outside, health officials wandered past abandoned playgrounds in packs of dangerous material.
An omnipotent drinker in the front had to be comedically started after the officers drained the battery.
It was later seen that the struggling police picked up loaves spilled on the sidewalk.
They were accompanied by what looked like forensic police officers dressed in masks and covered from head to toe with protective gear.
Those who were not locked in tightened their necks to look up where residents had posted signs in front of their windows.
For some, it is now the only way to communicate with the outside world.
One said “Flemington Penitentiary,” while others said, “Treat us like humans, not caged animals, and end this blockage immediately.”
At a tower of the living committee in North Melbourne, a woman was holding a sign that read, “Help.”
A man trapped in the Flemington towers gives signals to photographers. He seemed to be arguing with his police kidnappers
A sign stuck to the window of a person who was trapped in the flats of the Living Committee in Flemington on Monday
People continue to stick signs on their windows with a tower from the housing committee in Flemington
Men dressed from head to toe in protective gear descended on the housing committee flats in Flemington on Monday
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 8,449
53 cases of COVID-19 have been discovered in nine Victorian towers
New South Wales: 3,240
Western Australia: 618
South Australia: 443
Australian Capital Territory: 108
Northern Territory: 30
TOTAL CASES: 8,394
In Flemington, motorists driving along Racecourse Road beat their bells as they passed the towers.
Sitting on a lawn outside, young people dressed in highly visible vests waited to enter the concrete jungles.
Older residents inside gazed out their windows.
Some ducked to prevent the long-lens cameras from peering at them, others just staring blankly at the horizon.
The test teams entered just after noon.
Hours later, former Labor leader Bill Shorten arrived in crates of food to observe the scene for himself.
Victoria has registered more than 60 new cases of coronavirus per day since Monday. Today’s new daily number of cases of 127 surpasses the state’s previous record of 111 on March 28.
Twelve zip codes in Melbourne with more than 300,000 residents were forced to close on Thursday, and residents of nine social housing towers were banned from leaving their homes on Saturday.
In Flemington, a playground where it should be busy with children enjoying their school holidays, is taped and empty under a tower.
Above, kids trapped in their homes may just be thinking about when they might be able to retest the flying fox.
It is difficult to imagine what families are going through inside.
On Monday morning, there were people – mostly women – who shouted – hair-raising cries associated with unpleasant situations.
Talkback radio and social media posts paint a terrible situation.
No food, old food, bad food – or worse.
Residents of a Flemington tower talk to the police outside their building. You could see them waving to the media to pay attention and indicate they were prisoners
Food supplies are delivered to the Flemington Towers Government Housing complex on Monday amid complaints from those trapped in it
Children’s gesture from a window in a unit near the social housing tower along Melbourne’s Racecourse Road on Monday
Police met Monday on towers of housing committees in Melbourne
Police camped outside a Flemington tower and had to start their own drink can after the battery ran out
Angry residents were taken by surprise and unprepared for the closure, and have drawn up a list of requirements stating that they should be able to leave their home for essential reasons.
On Monday, a man and a woman were seen at the foot of a tower surrounded by police.
They shouted at a media package that could only watch from outside the cordoned off zone.
The man waved desperately for someone to come by and seemed to be trying to communicate.
A police officer sits outside the exit of a tower of the Flemington Housing Commission on Monday
At one point, he crossed his arms in protest – a sign that he was being held against his will.
While people were trying to get out, some were seen from the outside trying to get in.
Women with bags of groceries were held at checkpoints.
A woman who managed to leave the quarantine zone shouted a message at photographers walking outside the gates.
“Free our people,” she said.
Around the corner, health officials seemed to have set up several test stations.
A gazebo was home to a few older residents who may have been allowed outside to get some fresh air.
A playground in front of the residential tower of the Flemington Commission on Monday that is closed
People on the outside of the Flemington Towers look up at those trapped in the concrete beasts
An elderly woman peers outside her tower, where she was trapped in Flemington on Monday
If they were, they would be the lucky ones.
Almost no one was seen outside Monday.
The people below are afraid that some can only leave the towers in body bags.
It could be seen that mental health workers are entering the blockades amid fears that a mental health crisis might hold people in awe as the days go on.
Others are much more afraid.
When the sun started to set, protesters gathered in front of the Flemington towers.
They watched as the police carried black equipment bags in preparation for the night ahead.
The situation has been described by some as a “human rights” disaster that could become even more ugly.
“Those towers will burn if not released soon,” said one man.
A woman appears from one tower. She was greeted by the masked police at her door
A woman tries to enter Flemington Towers on Monday with a bag full of groceries
Protesters holding protest signs gathered outside the commission’s flats on Monday