Melbourne locked down for six weeks as coronavirus cases rise

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Victoria will reimpose stage three restrictions for six weeks in greater Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire in a bid to slow a rapid spread of coronavirus.

Premier Daniel Andrews announced the stay-at-home orders would be reimposed from midnight tomorrow night.

There were 191 new confirmed cases announced today, with 37 linked to known outbreaks and the remaining 154 under investigation.

Mr Andrews said the new restrictions were the result of the “unacceptably” high number of newcases.

The Mitchell Shire, north of Melbourne, includes the towns of Broadford, Kilmore, Seymour, Tallarook, Pyalong and Wallan.

Under the stage three restrictions, people are only allowed to leave their homes for four main reasons: work or study, exercise, shopping for supplies and medical care and caregiving.

VCE students, those in years 11 and 12, in Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire will return to school as normal next week.

Other students will have the school holiday period extended by one week.

Mr Andrews said further announcements about term three for those in prep to year 10 would be made soon.

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