Victoria records 10 more coronavirus cases but will end lockdown TONIGHT as they were all isolated while contagious – but what will freedom look like?
Victoria has registered a further 10 cases of Covid-19 just hours before millions of people are forced to leave the lockdown.
The new cases were reported Tuesday morning by state health authorities, but all new infections had been isolated during their contagious period.
While stay-at-home orders are eased from 11:59pm tonight, a host of strict restrictions remain to try and stop the spread.
The details were discussed in a meeting late Monday night, with officials agreeing to abolish the 5km travel rule and reopen schools, shops and gyms.
Policymakers and health officials are waiting until the last minute to decide whether to extend the lockdown. Pictured: A woman in pink wheels with her bike past a large number of police officers during the anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne on Saturday
VICTORIA’S NEW RESTRICTIONS AFTER LOCKDOWN ENDS ON TUESDAY AT 11:59 PM
– Schools open again
– Cafés and restaurants open but with a maximum of 25 or 50 people inside and 100 outside
– Open a store with one person per line of 4 m²
– Public community sport to start over with 100 person cap
– Mouthmasks remain mandatory both inside and outside
– The new restrictions will apply statewide, including Melbourne
Pubs, restaurants and cafes can also reopen, but will have to limit customers to 25 or 50 people inside at a time.
Details have yet to be finalized, but sources say Victorians will again be allowed to congregate in groups of 10.
“The restrictions will be tough in the coming months,” a source told the… Herald Sun.
“It won’t be worth opening for many restaurants if what’s being talked about continues,” another source said.
“Not good news for Melbourne.”
About 15,600 Victorians were vaccinated on Monday and 24,340 Covid tests were received.
While Victoria had 11 more infections on Monday, bringing the total number of active cases in the state to 190, all new transmissions had been isolated and had not been in the community.
All 11 were also linked to known cases.
These vital stats have put the Garden State firmly on track to come out of lockdown on Wednesday as planned.
But the prime minister has previously warned that harsh measures are likely to remain in place until the state’s vaccination rate reaches 50 percent.
More to come