Victorian Authorities Signal Tighter Coronavirus Restrictions

Friday, July 31st, 2020

Victoria is likely to face even tighter coronavirus restrictions as the number of new cases soars.

It comes after the state recorded 627 cases in the last 24 hours and eight new deaths.

Heath authorities will spend the next two days assessing data about where people are getting infected before determining if particular areas or industries need to be shut down.

Premier Daniel Andrews wouldn’t say when any announcements might be made, but chief health officer Brett Sutton acknowledged that other crucial factors must be balanced with stopping the virus.

“The impact on businesses, the impact on people’s livelihoods [and] on their psychological and emotional well-being are all part of those considerations,” says Professor Sutton.

“I’ve said before, these are impossible decisions in lots of ways; we are balancing harms.”

The premier has revealed a quarter of people who have tested positive for coronavirus were not home when authorities knocked on their doors.

He says it’s unacceptable and police are now investigating.

“More than 100 cases have been referred to Victoria Police; it is simply unacceptable for you to have this virus and not be at home,” Mr Andrews says.

“There may be a handful who are out getting some fresh air; that does not explain these numbers.”

 

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