Victoria records 108 coronavirus infections at the second-largest peak since the pandemic began – with an immediate, unprecedented and total shutdown of the public housing towers
- Victoria reports 108 coronavirus infections at the second-largest peak ever
- The only bigger jump in daily totals was March 28, when 111 cases were reported
Victoria has reported 108 new coronavirus infections in the second largest spike in daily positive tests since the pandemic started as an unprecedented ‘hard’ shutdown on nine public residential towers.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced that the alarming figure, in addition to the news that orders will continue to be delivered at home, will take place on Saturday at 11:59 pm in two zip codes: 3031 (Flemington, Kensington) and 3051 (North Melbourne).
Nine public housing towers in those two suburbs will be completely closed immediately, and no one can get on or off for at least five days.
“No one will enter except residents who return home and no one will be allowed to leave those public residential towers,” said Mr. Andrews.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews made the dramatic announcement at a news conference on Saturday
A ‘total lockdown’ is a first for Australia during the pandemic as Victoria’s second wave continues to escalate.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said it will hit approximately 3,000 residents living in 1,345 units.
In Flemington, the high-density complexes at 12 Holland Court, 120 Racecourse Road, 126 Racecourse Road and 130 Racecourse Road will be closed.
in North Melbourne, 12 Sutton Street; Alfred Street 33; 76 Canning Street; 159 Melrose Street and 9 Pampas Street will also be closed hard.
Victoria has reported a bigger spike only once before, with 111 coronavirus infections on March 28, at the height of the pandemic.
Already 36 Melbourne suburbs are in a closed environment following massive outbreaks in the city’s northern and western suburbs.
It is amid growing fear that the pandemic will spread easily across the country from the country’s second largest country.
As early as Saturday, a Melbourne traveler was boarded on an XPT train after suffering COVID-19-like symptoms.
It comes as two Kmart stores, in Barkly Square, Brunswick, and another in Footscray closed after employees tested positive on Saturday.
Both discount varieties are closed for thorough cleaning.