There have been 168 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Victoria that have been acquired through unknown transmission
The State of Emergency in Victoria will be extended for another three weeks to slow the spread of coronavirus and keep people safe as restrictions are cautiously eased across the state from tomorrow.
Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos today announced the State of Emergency will be extended until 11.59pm on 21 June 2020.
This extension will allow the Victorian Government to continue to enforce strict physical distancing and isolation requirements, as well as other directions from the Chief Health Officer relating to businesses, working from home, mass gatherings and recreational activities.
The continued high testing rate in Victoria, coupled with the current low rate of community transmission, means restrictions will be further relaxed from tomorrow – but the battle against coronavirus is far from over.
Through this pandemic, the advice to Victorians has remained the same: stay home. As we begin to settle into a new normal, the message is: stay safe. That means continuing to maintain physical distance from others, take appropriate hygiene precautions, avoid crowds, stay home and get tested if you’re unwell.
A vital part of this is continuing to work from home if possible – to limit the number of people moving around our state and help protect those who do have to go to work.
Under a State of Emergency, officers authorised by the Chief Health Officer can act to eliminate or reduce a serious risk to public health by detaining people, restricting movement, preventing entry to premises, or providing any other direction an officer considers reasonable to protect public health.
Police have strong powers to enforce directions and can issue on the spot fines, including up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses. People who don’t comply could also be taken to court and receive a fine of up to $20,000. Companies face fines of up to $100,000.
Total Number of Cases in Victoria:
There have been no new deaths reported. To date, 19 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.
There have been 168 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Victoria that have been acquired through unknown transmission.
Currently six people are in hospital, including two patients in intensive care. 1,557 people have recovered.
Of the total 1,649 cases, there have been 1,367 in metropolitan Melbourne and 234 in regional Victoria. Several cases remain under investigation. The total number of cases are made up of 873 men and 776 women. More than 509,000 tests have been processed to date.
There were six new cases yesterday, however two cases were removed from the overall total due to reclassification.
The number of cases linked to a family outbreak of coronavirus in Keilor Downs has increased to 13, with two new cases related to the outbreak. Both of the new cases are from the household and both of these new cases had remained home during the two weeks prior to their positive result.
One additional case of COVID-19 has been linked to the outbreak at quarantine hotel Rydges on Swanston in Melbourne, bringing the total for this outbreak to seven. This case is not a new case – further investigation has now seen it linked to the outbreak.
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