The Victoria Police Police Association secretary says the police “have no plan” to enforce the closure of nine Melbourne residential towers in the center of a COVID-19 outbreak.
Sergeant Wayne Gatt said on Sunday that the association would speak to the Victoria Police about the approach to take on Sunday afternoon.
“We don’t have a plan at the moment,” he said.
A woman is questioned after trying to flee from public residential towers closed in Flemington, Melbourne on Sunday. Police say they have ‘no plan’ to enforce the five-day coronavirus lock that only allows essential services inside or outside
A man living in an apartment makes a gesture with his arms folded in the Flemington Public flats on Sunday
Pictured: A woman tries to avoid the police when the Melbourne corona virus closes on Sunday in Flemington. An estimated 3,000 people are affected by the temporary emergency measure necessary to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus by Victoria
Police are trying to stop the car of a woman who tries to escape the closure on Sunday
“These are important duties, and the police are by no means relinquishing their responsibility to actually help.”
Nine public housing towers in Flemington and North Melbourne were locked from 4pm on Saturday, with 500 police on each floor.
No one is allowed in or out of buildings except to provide essential supplies and services.
The sudden move was deemed necessary to stop the spread of the highly contagious disease after more than 23 cases were found in a dozen households.
An estimated 3,000 residents have been affected by the closure that will last for a minimum of five days.
In total, 500 police have been put in rotation to patrol the lockdown. Pictured: Police on foot patrol at Flemington on Sunday
Pictured: A view of one of the nine housing commission flats under coronavirus locking, this one in Flemington in northwest Melbourne
Pictured: The Flemington Housing Commission flats when the surprise lock was immediately introduced on Saturday
The Police Association of Victoria is also concerned about the possibility of the police catching and spreading the deadly virus.
On Saturday, Sergeant Gatt said the decision to use the police to enforce the targeted shutdown was taken without warning and demanded urgent security briefing from the Victoria Police Department.
“Health and safety protocols need to be established for this operation without our members becoming vectors for the transmission of this virus into the community, as security guards have been in hotels,” he said.
The police speak to one of the residents of the housing committee’s homes. Baby food is provided along with money, children’s toys, medicines, essential food and guidance
Sgt Gatt told reporters on Sunday that police have had little more coronavirus training than the rest of the community.
So far, due to good hygiene practices, the police had limited the spread of the disease to officers, he said, who often come into contact with the public at high-risk events, such as protests where the virus can spread.
“We have to take the same approach for a large-scale operation like this, you just can’t jump in and throw the wind in the wind without a plan to succeed,” he said.
Sgt Gatt has said he wants help from other organizations such as the Australian Defense Force to support the police, but it is up to the Victorian government to decide which agencies can best help.
“Please don’t remember (the police are) there to hurt or hurt anyone, we’re just there for the safety of others,” he said.
The public housing districts in North Melbourne are also among the nine towers closed on Sunday. The only people allowed in or out are essential services
Daily Mail Australia asked the Victoria police on Sunday evening if a framework has already been agreed for patrolling the lockdowns.
“Any meeting between Victoria Police and the Police Association is private, so it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time,” said a Victoria Police spokesperson.
Victorian health authorities have worked through the night to provide essential items, including baby food, to the thousands of residents on the housing committee who are trapped by the closure.
Food, activity boxes for children, essential medicines such as methadone, counseling, domestic violence and drug and alcohol support are also provided.
Pictured: The police are talking to a resident housing committee on a scooter in Flemington
Translators will be right to explain directions to renters who don’t speak English.
Some residents of the public housing estate work and receive a severance payment of $ 1,500 as compensation for missing work.
Those who are out of work receive $ 750.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said they would also receive free rental.
A resident crowdfunding campaign by the Victorian Trades Hall Council raised more than $ 250,000 on Sunday afternoon.
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said on Sunday that the closings would not be pleasant, but were necessary for public safety.
“If we have a large group of people who have pre-existing and underlying health problems infected with this virus, people will die. It’s as simple as that, “he told reporters.
Public health workers should test every resident of every floor who has not tested positive from door to door.
Victoria has registered double digits daily since the last outbreak began with a further 74 cases on Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 2536 on Sunday evening, necessitating drastic closings.
The spread threatens to revive the pandemic in other Australian states that have brought the disease under control.
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
The Victoria Department of Justice is recruiting staff to work on the hotel corona virus quarantine program after it became a breeding ground for viruses.
The Ministry of Justice and Security of the Community is looking for informal support officers and team leaders to work 80 days.
“The pandemic of COVID-19 and the subsequent consequences for the availability of personnel mean that additional resources are urgently needed to carry out temporary COVID-19 front-line work for the department,” the vacancy said on Sunday.
“We are looking for people with great customer service skills to take on the role of Resident Support Officer within a number of Melbourne CBD hotels over the coming weeks and months.”
According to the vacancy of the department, successful candidates should work six 12-hour shifts over a two-week 24/7 schedule.
The quarantine program was put on hold for two weeks, with Corrections Victoria taking over its operation from private security companies.
The state government came under fire for the program after it was hit by breaches of the infection protocol while hosting returning travelers.
Rather than prevent the spread of the virus, the program proved to be central to the emergence of the state’s COVID-19 case numbers.
AAP understands that the Qantas group provided a link to the Victorian government career page to layoffs.
It is understood that grounded flight personnel have requested the roles.