Victoria declares state of disaster which includes nightly curfew

FFS One In Four Victorians Diagnosed With COVID-19 Have Been Flouting Self Isolation Rules

The rest of the state would be placed under the "stage three" lockdown that has been in force in the metro area for the past four weeks.

The sunshine state on Saturday imposed tighter border restrictions, adding visitors from greater Sydney to the banned list, along with all people from Victoria.

"It's in your local neighbourhood", Mr Andrews said.

Australia's government expressed support on Sunday for the strictest social-distancing measures yet by the state of Victoria in an effort to contain the new coronavirus.

Victoria had its second worst day of the pandemic on Friday, with 627 new cases and eight deaths.

"The whole way through this, I've promised to be upfront", Andrews told reporters. "We can no longer have people simply out and about for no good reason whatsoever", Mr Andrews said.

In metropolitan Melbourne, you'll no longer be able to travel more than five kilometres from home, and only one person per household can go shopping - and only once per day.

"Where you slept last night is where you'll need to stay for the next six weeks", Andrews said.

Exercising will be limited to one hour per day, and you can't go more than 5 kilometres away from your home. It's a jog. It's a walk. "Those exemptions around partners sharing custody arrangements, those exemptions are common sense framework, that is unchanged".

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But the numbers are too high and there is a growing case for us to do more.

Andrews said his government was deeply anxious that 49 "mystery cases" identified on Saturday could indicate the virus was spreading widely through the Melbourne community and confirmed he was in discussions with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison about tougher restrictions.

The premier has confirmed that TAFE and university study will need to be done remotely and Victoria's schools will return to remote and flexible learning across all year levels.

Meanwhile, primary and high schools will shift to remote learning by Wednesday. Special schools will remain open for those who really need to be in those settings.

"The only reason to be out of your home between the hours of 8pm and 5am is to get care, to give care, or to go to and from work or be at work", Mr Andrews said.

The premier provided no detail at his press conference on what was being considered, but sources close to the planning process say Melbourne could move to "stage four", likely to be in force for six weeks, as early as Wednesday under the plan being considered.

Melbournians are allowed to go out for work, essential shopping, medical care and exercise. "This means that police and others have additional powers".

"In regional Victoria and then we have a situation where as we are perhaps bringing stability and reduced numbers to metropolitan Melbourne, we have a problem that is even larger and spread right across regional Victoria".



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