Lockdowns and closures: Everything from today's virus announcements

Local lockdowns were put in place, two states held strong on border closures and the nation's top doctors are "very concerned" about Victoria's COVID-19 outbreak.

Lockdowns and closures: Everything from today's virus announcements

Geographical lockdowns have been put in place in large parts of Melbourne, two states have held strong on border closures affecting Victorians and the nation's top doctors are "very concerned" about an ongoing outbreak that has seen hundreds of new COVID-19 cases identified in a week.

Ten different postcode regions in Victoria will go into lockdown from 11.59pm tomorrow night after 64 new coronavirus infections were identified over the past 24 hours.

READ MORE:

The continued spike will see the areas be forced to endure police-patrolled stay-at-home orders for a fortnight in a bid to stem the flow of the outbreak.

Meanwhile both South Australia and Queensland will keep their borders shut to Victorian residents, fearful of allowing any community transmission from the state to jump across the nation.

Here is everything you need to know from press conferences held today by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, South Australian Premier Steve Marshall and Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd.

Victoria heads back into lockdown

Residents living in the following 10 Victorian postcode areas have been forced into stage three restrictions, meaning they must not leave home unless it is for four permitted reasons.

  • The four reasons people can leave home are: food and supplies, medical and caregiving, exercise and work, and education if it can't be done from home.
  • Businesses and facilities located inside these postcodes will also once again face restrictions, with cafes and restaurants only being able to open for take-away and delivery.
  • Residents living in the hotspots are expected to cancel holiday plans and will not be allowed to travel into New South Wales.
  • An initial $5000 grant will also be made available to support businesses and families in the affected areas.
  • A complete state-wide lockdown has also not been ruled.
  • Prime Minister Scott Morison has also agreed to divert all flights away from Melbourne for the next two weeks and Victoria will not take any more international travellers into hotel quarantine for that period.
https://twitter.com/DougalBeatty/status/1277837543187206144?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

South Australia scraps border reopening plan

In response to the growing spike, South Australian Premier Steve Marshall today backflipped on the state's plan to lift quarantine measures for Victoria, NSW and the ACT.

  • The previously-planned July 20 reopening date has been abandoned although no replacement date has yet been set, pending a transition committee meeting on Friday.
  • The decision means any AFL teams coming into South Australia from Victoria will be required to isolate for two weeks, as well as any returning SA teams that played in Melbourne.
Coronavirus: South Australia not opening borders to Victoria

Queensland strengthens border closure for Victorians

Similarly, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has quickly moved to stem the flow of travellers from Victoria, leaving the state out of exemptions for a planned reopening on July 10.

  • Queensland's border with Victoria will stay closed and be strengthened, meaning anyone travelling from Victoria – including Queenslanders – will be turned back or have to quarantine in a hotel at their own expense for two weeks.
  • All other states and territories, with the exception of Victoria, will be allowed to enter Queensland from July 10 with a border declaration.
  • The fine for lying or providing false information is a hefty $4000.

Health support heading to Victoria

The Queensland and Federal governments have also extended a hand of support to Victoria to battle the outbreak, in the form of hundreds of health staff.

  • Queensland has called for expressions of interest for 40 nurses to be deployed to Victoria.
  • Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd said the Commonwealth will supply 800 additional people to help conduct a testing blitz in the state's hotspots.
  • The federal force will be comprised of 200 clinical staff to carry out testing, 100 people for doorknocking and community engagement and 500 people who will assist with contact tracing.

The restrictions Queensland will ease

Ms Palaszczuk has announced stage three of Queensland's easing of restrictions will come into effect from Friday.

That does not include interstate travel, which will commence on July 10 for all states except Victoria.

  • Up to 100 people will be able to attend major events such as weddings.
  • Contact community sports will resume and the two-square-metre rule for businesses will come into effect.

For breaking news alerts and livestreams straight to your smartphone sign up to the and set notifications to on at the or

You can also get up-to-date information from the Federal Government's Coronavirus Australia app, available on the , and the .

Source : 9 News