Call to protect Victorian elderly from COVID-19 outbreaks

Call to protect Victorian elderly from COVID-19 outbreaks

There are 105 people in hospital with the virus - an increase of 20 since Tuesday - including 27 in intensive care.

The state recorded 238 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.

Neither have reported a new case for nearly three months.

"If people are physically distanced and stationary (for example, in the case of barristers, standing to address the court), they can remove their mask, dispose of it and replace it with a fresh mask when they move around again", the announcement added.

An outbreak at Somerville Meats meatworks in Tottenham has grown to 12 people, a day after five workers at JBS Meats in Brooklyn tested positive for COVID-19.

Allity's Glendale Aged Care in Werribee has also recorded 13 cases.

Victoria state last week enforced a six-week lockdown after health authorities identified breaches in hotel quarantine procedures as the catalyst for outbreaks which spread through large families within multicultural communities.

On the interventions by Jones, Morrison said it was true that the vast majority of people who contracted Covid-19 recovered, but "the great difficulty" with the virus was how quickly community transmission occurred.

'Unless we're going to not allow any freight or any medical supplies into Australia, or not allow any exports or anything like this, there is always going to be a connection between Australia and the rest of the world, ' he said.

He entered the state before the Victoria-NSW border closed.

Of the new cases, three are returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

Deputy Commissioner Rick Nugent said police fined one man who had ordered KFC, sat down to eat his meal and refused to leave.

"The reasons for leaving your premises are well known".

He noted two people were fined for playing the game in their vehicle.

The premier said if people don't follow the rules, restrictions could tighten.

"Our goal as a country, and whether it's as a Victorian or a Melburnian, is to avoid having to go to higher levels of lockdown", Mr Hunt said.

While Mr Andrews and Prof Sutton said Victorians would be given notice of what harsher restrictions looked like if it came to that, the state opposition wants details released now.

The second wave of infections, which has pushed Australia's total case tally throughout the pandemic to more than 10,000, is dashing Prime Minister Scott Morrison's hopes that he would be able to help revive a crippled economy by easing most social-distancing restrictions by end-July, after it tumbled into recession in the first half of the year.

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