Prime Minister Scott Morrison has begged Australians to stop hugging each other to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 horrors from spreading across the country.
A record 288 new cases of coronavirus were recorded in Victoria on Friday, while a new testing facility was established in south-west Sydney amid concerns over a new cluster.
The explosive outbreak that seizes Victoria has raised fears that it could spill over to New South Wales after three people returning from Melbourne tested positive this week.
Two new Sydney businesses are linked to the Crossroads Hotel in Casula where the man and a woman – who didn’t know each other – both left Saturday night.
Scott Morrison addressed the possibility of a secondary infection and urged Australians not to be “complacent” in the fight against the pandemic.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured with NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian in March) has begged Australians to stop hugging each other to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 from spreading across the country
Scott Morrison addressed the possibility of a secondary infection and urged Australians not to be ‘complacent’ in the fight against the pandemic
“It is important to maintain the discipline of social distance behind closed doors, not just in public spaces,” he said at a news conference on Friday.
“This is a lesson outside of the Victorian experience.”
“When we are at home and there are people around, we still have to practice social distance. It’s still not okay for hugs and handshakes. ‘
Mr. Morrison called on “particularly younger Australians” to abide by the rules after the average age of new patients in Victoria was found to be lower than the first peak in March.
Health workers dressed in personal protective equipment walk out of a public housing tower and reopened the previous night after being locked up as a result of an outbreak in Melbourne
An elderly man is given a Covid-19 test at a test location in the shopping area in the closed suburb of Dallas in Melbourne
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian is desperate for a second wave of coronavirus at NSW
“We will do everything we can to ensure that protection is in place … but the community also has a role to maintain in their discipline when it comes to social distance,” he said.
The boundaries between Victoria and NSW were slammed at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday in hopes of preventing the spread of the virus.
New South Wales Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has also considered other drastic measures to stop Victoria’s second wave, including restoring restrictions on weddings and funerals and even adjusting the state line.
“Everything’s on the table,” a government source told The Daily Telegraph.
Ms Berejiklian also plans to push the state line to the north and annex Albury to Victoria until the outbreak is brought under control.
She plans to establish a new frontier to leave Albury as part of Victoria to avoid the chance of community transfer to NSW
The police will investigate drivers on the border between NSW and Victoria on Wednesday. More than 50,000 waiver permits have been issued for drivers
This would allow residents of both cities to cross state borders freely and minimize disruption to the community while preventing the virus from spreading deeper into NSW.
She also indicated that it will be more difficult to obtain exemption permits to cross the border.
Over 50,000 dispensation permits were issued at night, allowing people living in the NSW-Victoria border communities to cross the two.
She warned that the widespread transfer of COVID-19 in Victoria is a threat to NSW and did not apologize when she suggested that potentially strict new restrictions should be introduced.
The chance of contamination at NSW, given what happened in Victoria, is extremely high, “said Ms Berejiklian.
“I am deeply concerned about what is happening in Victoria, the degree of contamination of the community is unlike anything we have seen in Australia … do not be monitored.”
The increase in coronavirus cases in Victoria over the past 10 days, which peaked at 191 cases on Tuesday
Police interrogate drivers at a checkpoint in Albury on Wednesday when the border between NSW and Victoria closed due to the second wave of the corona virus spread in Victoria
People continue to shop prior to Wednesday’s general closing in Melbourne
The Berejiklian government is also considering making hotel quarantine mandatory for residents of NSW returning from the southern state.
Currently, NSW residents returning from Victoria must isolate themselves for 14 days, but Ms Berejiklian said forced hotel quarantine – which residents must pay for – is not out of the question.
The national hotel quarantine program is under pressure and travelers continue to return to Australia in large numbers.
To ease demand for the hotel quarantine program, the Prime Minister also announced a new limit on the number of Australian nationals and permanent residents allowed to return from abroad.
Only 4,000 Australians are allowed to return home from Monday per week, down from around 8,000.
NSW remains unaffected and accepts 450 returned travelers every day.
A group of medical personnel wearing full personal protective equipment will be waiting for the Flemington Towers Government Housing complex on Wednesday
Meanwhile, affairs related to the nine public housing towers in Flemington and North Melbourne have been hard-locked down to two new infections on Wednesday, totaling 75 now.
Testing of all 3,000 residents is expected to be completed soon.
A million Victorians have been tested for COVID-19 since the beginning of the year, with a record 29,424 tests performed on Tuesday.
To date, 22 Victorians have died from the virus, while 41 remain in the hospital.
VICTORIA’S CORONAVIRUS FALLEN
VICTORIA’S CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS PER 8 JULY:
* 134 new cases
* Total number of cases: 2942
* 11 new cases related to outbreaks
* 123 is under investigation
* No new cases for returned international travelers
* 75 infections in total at nine towers in hard lock
* 29,424 tests done on Tuesday
CASES OF KNOWN BREAKS
* 7 cases related to the Al-Taqwa College outbreak, which now totals 102
* 2 linked to closed public residential towers, which now total 75
* 1 linked to the Stamford Plaza outbreak, which now totals 43
* 1 linked to the PM Fresh facility in Broadmeadows, which now totals 2
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews talks about the state’s response to the rise of business
* 4 patients and an employee of the Brunswick Private Hospital.
* 3 at Woolworth’s Customer Fulfillment Center in Footscray, bringing the total to 4
* 5 linked to five elderly care services
* 860 active cases in the state
* 150 active in the local administrative area of Hume
* 41 Victorians in the hospital, including seven in intensive care
* 1,000,867 tests performed since the start of the test
* 2575 of the total business from metropolitan Melbourne
* 263 from regional Victoria
* 456 cases indicate community transfer
* 2058 people have recovered from the virus
LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS SUPPORT AND PENALTIES
* 264 defense personnel providing logistical support to the Victoria Police
* Increased police presence in all 32 local government areas closing in phase three at midnight
* 810 samples by Victoria Police in the past 24 hours from homes, businesses and nonessential services across the state
* 6,314 fines since the surveillance of Operation Sentinel restrictions began
* Public health offenses are subject to on-the-spot fines of $ 1652 for individuals and $ 9913 for businesses.