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Victoria to enter five-day COVID-19 lockdown from midnight to curb Delta outbreak

Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that Victoria will enter a snap lockdown from midnight on Thursday to stop the spread of the Delta COVID-19 variant.

The lockdown will last for five days. Residents will only have five reasons to leave home: shopping for essential items, outdoor exercise, essential work or study where it cannot be done from home, compassionate or medical care, and traveling to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

One person per household may leave the house for essential shopping.

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Residents will be restricted to traveling within a five-kilometer radius of their homes.

Premier Andrews said Victoria’s contact tracers and public health experts were moving “faster than they ever have” but “just keeping pace with this virus, not getting in front of it”.

“That is why with a heavy heart … the Chief Health Officer and public health team have recommended to my colleagues and me that we lock down Victoria from 11:59 pm tonight until 11:59 pm next Tuesday.”

This will be the state’s fifth lockdown since the pandemic and the third in 2021.

Premier Andrews said it would be identical to the most recent lockdown from a few weeks ago. “If you were authorized to work then, you will be authorized to work now. If you were closed then, you would be closed now,” he said. He said businesses that received support during the last lockdown would likely receive the same support over this period. “In terms of business support, I’ll have more to say as early as tomorrow, and we will look to fast-track payments principally to those who received payments last time.

We expect the Commonwealth government will step up and help those people who need the help.

“We would prefer this had not come to our state. We’d choose not to deal with these issues, but this is infectious. This is such a challenge that we must do this. “If you wait, hesitate, doubt, then you will always be looking back, wishing you had done more earlier. You only get one chance to go hard and go fast.

“I am not prepared to avoid a five-day lockdown now only to find ourselves in a five-week or a five-month lockdown.” Premier Andrews said he is “hopeful” the lockdown will not be extended beyond five days but acknowledged it was possible. “It may be longer because it depends on what every Victorian does,” he said. “Millions of Victorians making dozens and dozens of choices daily means there are many variable points here. Asked whether the imposition of the lockdown on regional

Victoria was “fair”, he said: “Look, nothing about this virus is fair. Nothing about the fact that this virus has traveled from Sydney is suitable. That’s just the reality we face. “I apologize to all Victorians that this is necessary. But part of my job is not just making popular and uncomplicated decisions, it’s doing what must be done, and at this stage, a state-wide lockdown is what’s put to me as essential by the public health experts.

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