Victorian Premier Threatens To Plunge Entire State Back Into Lockdown If Coronavirus Cases Climb
Victoria's Premier has threatened to put the Australian state back into lockdown if coronavirus cases continue to climb.
The state has had another 17 infections recorded over the past 24 hours, according to News Corp, taking the state's total active cases to 127.
Premier Daniel Andrews said authorities haven't been able to find the source of 11 of those cases, and warned that if the numbers continue to climb then social distancing rules will be strengthened.
He said: "It doesn't matter how many people are doing the wrong thing - everybody, everybody will pay the price if we get to a point where restrictions either localised or across the state need to be re-introduced.
"We have seen many families, large families, who have gathered in numbers beyond the rules.
"That is just not on. It is not acceptable. Particularly if anybody in those family groupings has even mild symptoms - let alone if anybody in those family groupings has been told to quarantine as a close contact, or even a positive case.
"Now, just on home, it's really important again it is your household and five guests.
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"It doesn't necessarily mean that you have five guests around to your house every single lunch and every single dinner.
"Try to be sensible about this given that regardless of small numbers who are doing the wrong thing - although I do think that there are perhaps larger numbers of Victorians, who perhaps think that this is a new phase and we can do things a little differently."
Yesterday (22 June), New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned people not to travel to Melbourne unless it was necessary.
Six coronavirus hotspots have been identified, which include Hume, Casey, Brimbank, Moreland, Cardinia and Darebin.
People who live in those areas have been advised not to travel regionally or interstate even if they don't have any symptoms. According to the ABC, the coronavirus cases from those six areas make up 83 percent of Australia's new cases over the past seven days.
Premier Andrews says there will be police roaming the streets of Melbourne to make sure everyone is doing the right thing.
"I can also confirm for you that there is literally an army of people going out door knocking," he said.
"There will be hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people from our expanded public health team out there door knocking in hot spot suburbs and other areas if that's deemed appropriate.
"They will do that job in providing public health advice and making sure that everybody, where language and other issues like that won't be a barrier."
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