Australia may face a second nationwide outbreak of COVID-19 amid an alarming resurgence of cases in Victoria.
Melbourne battles a second wave of horror after 74 new cases were registered on Sunday, forcing Prime Minister Daniel Andrews to shut down nine public housing estates.
These are the latest developments across the country.
COVID-19 test personnel arrive at one of the public housing towers on Racecourse Road in Flemington, Melbourne
Nine towers in the suburbs of Flemington (photo), Kensington and North Melbourne have been closed for five days fearing they have become hotbeds for the state’s COVID-19 second wave
Australia had 94 new cases on Sunday, 74 of them in Victoria.
Residents of Melbourne’s public housing estates under harsh enclosures will be waived and will receive severance pay.
A total of 27 cases were discovered in the nine towers where 3,000 people live.
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has defended the decision to shut down residential areas in North Melbourne and Flemington as needed to protect residents as the state seeks to quell the corona virus resurgence.
The Australian Medical Association has called for a temporary hiatus from easing COVID-19 restrictions across the country until Victoria manages to control the outbreak.
NSW has registered 14 new cases of coronavirus, but they were all returned travelers from abroad who are now in hotel quarantine.
A Queensland nightclub operator could face a hefty fine after video of a crowded dance floor with no social distance appeared.
Melbourne battles a horrifying second wave after 74 new cases were registered on Sunday, forcing Prime Minister Daniel Andrews to close nine public housing estates (COVID-19 test staff in one of the housing complexes)
Victoria’s corona virus crisis, the lack of a solid US lead and a Reserve Bank meeting on Tuesday are likely to contribute to a weaker start to Australian equities.
Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs have started the exodus of clubs from Victoria amid the state’s COVID-19 peak.
All ten Victorian teams play interstate in round six, with the league establishing hubs in Queensland, Western Australia and the NSW.
Of the 74 cases registered in Victoria on Sunday, 16 were linked to controlled outbreaks. The state registered 108 new infections on Saturday.
Of the new cases on Sunday, one is a returned traveler in hotel quarantine, four were from routine tests, and 53 are still under investigation.
The spike on Saturday led Prime Minister Daniel Andrews to announce the closure of nine public housing blocks in Melbourne and more areas being added to the COVID-19 ‘hot zone’.
A man living in an apartment makes a gesture with his arms folded in the Flemington Public apartments. Nine blocks in Flemington and North Melbourne are completely closed
During each shift, about 500 police officers are deployed across the nine towers, or about 55 officers per unit (Pictured: a group of officers outside the residential towers on Racecourse Road)
The prime minister warned that COVID-19 cases are likely to remain high because many tests are being conducted, especially in hotspot areas.
“Obviously, 70 strange cases are better than 100, but we’re going to see some big days, big numbers in the coming days,” he told reporters on Sunday.
A total of 27 cases were discovered in the North Melbourne and Flemington towers.
ZIP codes 3031 and 3051 have joined the 10 other ‘hot zones’ of the community transmission under stay-at-home orders.
A ‘total’ or ‘hard’ shutdown where residents are completely locked in their home is a first for Australia during the pandemic. Depicted are the police building a roadblock next to the Flemington housing blocks on July 4
New cases in Western Australia
Six people who returned to Western Australia on a flight from Dubai have tested positive for the corona virus, with authorities investigating their contact with other passengers.
The passengers, four women and two men between the ages of 40 and 64, arrived in Perth on Wednesday and returned positive test results two days later.
They are in the hotel quarantine, along with the other passengers on the flight.
The WA Department of Health says it interviews all passengers to determine if there were close contacts with the people who tested positive.
Flight details, including the rows the passengers were in, have been uploaded to the HealthyWA website.
All new cases are from the Perth metropolitan area.
There are now nine active cases in WA.
The WA Health Department interviews all passengers on the flight and believes that those in rows 26 through 31 have had “close contact” with the infected passengers. Image: Stock Photo of Test Coronavirus
Queensland Nightclub Operator in Hot Water
A Queensland nightclub operator could face a hefty fine after video of an overcrowded dance floor breaching the limitations of the corona virus appeared.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 8,449
New South Wales: 3,419
Western Australia: 618
South Australia: 443
Australian Capital Territory: 108
Northern Territory: 30
TOTAL CASES: 8,449
CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 563
Images of clubbers dancing shoulder to shoulder are said to have been taken at Prohibition in the Fortitude Valley in Brisbane on Friday night the day pubs and clubs were allowed to reopen, but the dance floors remain closed.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk says he is aware of the footage and police are investigating whether the club has violated its own COVID-safe rules.
“I thank those night clubs that did the right thing, and all reports show that the majority of them did,” Palaszczuk told reporters on Sunday.
“It is unfortunate that some have broken those rules, so that is a matter for the police.
“If they violate those COVID-safe plans, fines can be imposed.”
Facilitation of restrictions and important dates
- July 10 – Queensland reopens borders for all visitors except Victorians, who are required to undergo two weeks of mandatory hotel quarantine at their own expense.
- July 17 – NT to reopen borders.
- July 18 – WA to lift all remaining virus restrictions except border closures.
- July 24 – Tasmania to reopen its borders.
Australian corona virus numbers
Australia registered a total of 8,449 cases, with 946 active cases and 7,399 recovered people.
The national death toll is 104: NSW 51, Victoria 20, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland 6, SA 4, ACT 3.
Two Queensland residents who died in NSW are included in the official tolls of both states.
Police with masks previously speak to a woman outside the building in North Melbourne
Tasmania keeps borders to Victoria closed
Tasmania seems likely to keep the borders closed to Victoria.
The island state plans to reopen to mainland Australia on July 24, but is reviewing the virus situation in other jurisdictions on a daily basis.
Tasmanian Prime Minister Peter Gutwein expects to provide more information on Friday about whether the state will reopen to Victoria after a formal risk assessment this week.
“Obviously it would be very difficult to lower our limits to Victoria today,” he told reporters on Sunday.
The island state is free from active cases of coronavirus, and the last new case registered comes more than 50 days ago.
If Tasmania stayed close to Victoria, it could make life difficult for incoming travelers from other states, with many flights traditionally connecting via Melbourne.
A woman is given a COVID-19 test at a test location in the shopping area in the gated Dallas suburb of Melbourne
Medical personnel wearing PPE material about to enter the Flemington Public flats