Victoria records 12 new Covid cases linked to Delta tribe outbreak – as Daniel Andrews condemns ‘righteous’ Melburnians who plan to protest lockdown
- Victoria has registered 12 new Covid cases all linked to the Delta strain outbreak
- Two of the new cases on Saturday were contagious and spread in the community
- Daniel Andrews has condemned an anti-lockdown demonstration scheduled for Saturday
Victoria registered 12 new Covid cases on Saturday, all linked to the Delta strain outbreak.
Two of the new cases were contagious and outside the community.
The state’s ‘go early, go hard’ approach to fighting COVID-19 infections is working as police prepare for anti-lockdown protests on Saturday.
As Victoria continues to fight the latest outbreak of COVID-19 infections, police are concerned about “righteous” protesters who plan to gather in Melbourne.
It comes after the state registered 14 cases on Friday, which Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said was “very encouraging.”
Authorities have condemned a planned anti-lockdown protest on Saturday over its potential to thwart the state’s attempts to get out of the fifth lockdown.
Victoria registered 12 new Covid cases on Saturday, all linked to the Delta strain outbreak
A demonstration of several hundred people could be accompanied by flares and the blocking of a bridge in the downtown area, Police Commissioner Shane Patton said Friday.
“Where the vast majority of Victorians are doing the right thing, sitting at home, it’s such a sense of entitlement to say ‘I can go out and protest just because I don’t agree’ and potentially violate all CHO guidelines and spread the virus,” he told 3AW.
Andrews labeled the idea of protesting the lockdown as “ridiculous”.
“Protest against this virus by staying at home, following the rules and getting out of the lockdown,” he said.
Rising cases in Sydney prompted the prime minister Friday to call for a “ring of steel” around the northern city to prevent the virus from spreading to his and other states.
The strategy, which includes roadblocks and mobile checks, was used to separate Melbourne from regional Victoria during part of the 112-day state shutdown in 2020.
The prime minister presented the idea to the national cabinet with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other state and area leaders on Friday afternoon, but his request was rejected.
In a press conference after the meeting, Morrison argued that the stay-at-home rules were enough to keep the virus at bay.
Authorities condemned a planned anti-lockdown protest on Saturday (two women are pictured for their daily exercise in Melbourne)
Earlier on Friday, NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said Sydney needed extra doses of Pfizer to protect younger people.
Mr Andrews said he doubted vaccine doses destined for Victoria would be sent to NSW, with the Prime Minister confirming there is no change to current Pfizer allocations.
Seven people are hospitalized in Victoria with COVID-19, including two in intensive care, although neither is on a ventilator. The state manages a total of 146 active community affairs.
In the 24 hours to midnight on Thursday, more than 43,000 test results were received, while about 14,300 doses of vaccine were administered at state-run sites during the same period.
Victoria’s current set of restrictions will be eased on July 27, but Mr Andrews has said health authorities want more data before deciding whether the lockdown will end on time.