Melbourne lockdown extended by seven days

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Melburnians will spend another week in lockdown, Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed at Victoria’s press conference on Wednesday.

Victoria has recorded 20 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases out of 41,571 test results processed on Tuesday.

Of the new cases, 15 are linked to current outbreaks and 14 have been in quarantine throughout their infectious periods.

The current lockdown was due to end at 8:00pm on Thursday but will now be extended until at least August 19.

Mr. Andrews said the discovery of five more mystery cases was one of the reasons the extension was required.

The Premier also announced the cross-border bubble with New South Wales would be further tightened, with permits required for all cross-border residents from Friday night.

“From 1:00pm tomorrow, but not enforced until 6:00pm Friday, people will need to, if they want to use that bubble they will need to get a permit,” he said.

More exposure sites were added late last night, including public transport routes in Melbourne’s west which predate the state’s lockdown.

New South Wales

New South Wales recorded 344 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and two more deaths in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned that the surge in cases seen over the last two days was likely to continue.

A man in his 90s and a man in his 30s have died after contracting COVID-19.

Ms. Berejiklian said the man in his 30s had other underlying health conditions and the man in his 90s was not vaccinated.

She says there has been an increase in cases in the neighbouring LGAs of Bayside, Burwood and Inner West.

Fourteen new cases were confirmed in the Hunter region overnight.

Two more cases have been reported in Dubbo. 

The Premier confirmed that Dubbo will go into lockdown from 1:00pm today.

There are currently 374 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 62 people in intensive care, 29 of whom require ventilation.

Of those in intensive care, three are in their 20s, seven are in their 30s, six in their 40s, 14 in their 50s, 13 in their 60s, 16 in their 70s, and three in their 80s.

Source: ABC News, ABC News

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