Just when we thought Australia was recovering, Victoria reported double-digit increases of COVID-19 cases for six days in a row. The spike in the cases has prompted Victoria to extend its state of emergency to July 19, bringing back tougher restrictions. Sunday's tally also included an Australian Rules Football Player, who tested positive, the entire team and coaching staff have been told to isolate. The government has identified six Victorian Coronavirus hotspots under community transmission which include Moreland, Darebin, Casey, Cardinia, Hume, and Brimbank.
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Victoria's health minister, Mrs. Jenny Mikakos said the spread of the virus is believed to be a result of community transmission, blaming families who hosted small gatherings which were attended by people having mild symptoms. She also added, “The risk here is that the family members can transmit that virus to workplaces, to school settings, and other locations”. On the other hand, the outbreak also prompted the Prime Minister, Mr. Scott Morrison to offer military assistance to enforce hotel quarantine for the ones who are tested positive as a result of this outbreak.
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Here's every piece of essential news, guidelines, and new restrictions that one needs to be aware of regarding Victoria's extended state of emergency:
- Capping on the number of visitors inside each household to maximum 5 people and outdoor gatherings to 10 people
- Around 90 clinics have been established across Victoria to test people COVID-19 with symptoms
- Individuals can get tested at a GP-led Respiratory Clinic, or Victorian Government run clinic for free testing
- Isolate yourself if unwell or waiting for test results,
- Restriction regarding the reopening of gyms remain relaxed
- Next step to increase visitor limits for Victorian Restaurants to 50 people has been put on hold, the capacity remains 20 people for now
- Traveling to and from Hume, Casey, Brimbank, Moreland, Cardinia and Darebin for non-essential services is strongly discouraged as issued by the Victorian Government
- The state police will be patrolling ski resorts and camper-van parks as school holidays are coming up which can easily become the cause of people gathering in large numbers, eventually leading to community transmission.
- Individuals caught breaching any of the government laid restrictions will face fines of up to A$1,652 ($1,129) while businesses will face A$1,652 ($1,129)
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Restrictions can get extended and tightened if the cases keep rising at an alarming rate, so ensure that you stay safe and protected. We highly recommend taking our safety in your own hands, equip yourself with hygiene essentials, and maintain social distancing as much as possible. Click here to stock up high-quality personal hygiene products such as masks, gloves, disinfectant wipes, and more to stay COVID-Safe.