Melbourne lockdown leaves Supercars teams in limbo

Melbourne lockdown leaves Supercars teams in limbo

Melbourne lockdown leaves Supercars teams in limbo

The news comes after Victoria recorded another 11 Covid-19 cases overnight, bringing the state's total to 26 for the last three days.

The state reported 11 new cases on Thursday, and one person is on a ventilator in the intensive care unit.

The pause extension, which will last till 7:59 p.m. local time next Friday, is based on the public health risk assessment to further protect New Zealanders, Hipkins said, adding the country's public health staff remain in close contact with Victorian authorities about the actions being taken in Melbourne.

From midnight Thursday Victoria will be in lockdown until June 3 in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid after the Victorian Health Department listed 94 exposure sites - with more expected to follow.

Others described accounts of a grandmother who was banned from visiting her first grandchild, a child who had stopped talking, people so depressed they can not leave their houses, a schoolchild so depressed they refused to eat, and a woman afraid that her son was a suicide risk.

There will be five permitted reasons to leave the home: shopping for essential goods within 5km of home, authorised work and education, caregiving, exercise with a two-hour limit, and trips to get vaccinated.

Face masks also need to be worn everywhere except one's own home, Merlino said. Visits between intimate partners are allowed and there will be bubbles for those living alone.

What will be open during the lockdown?

Childcare and kinder will be open and approved professional sporting events can do ahead without crowds. All other students will move to remote learning.

Gyms, hairdressers, community facilities and entertainment venues will also be closed.

A worker wearing full PPE removes bags of clinical waste from Arcare Maidstone Aged Care in Melbourne's west after the facility went into lockdown following a covid infection
Melbourne lockdown leaves Supercars teams in limbo

Researchers believe Case B could have left virus particles lingering in the air between the rooms - which were at the end of a corridor and thus less-well ventilated - before Case A inhaled them and was infected.

Restaurants and cafes can provide takeaway only.

A maximum of ten people may attend funerals, while religious ceremonies will be barred, excluding live-streams which involving a maximum of five people.

Who can be vaccinated in Victoria?

"From tomorrow morning, vaccinations at state sites will be expanded to include those in the 40 to 49-year-old age group, for the Pfizer vaccine", he said, before urging those eligible to book their jab.

"My view is that as tough as this is for everyone, I think people appreciate that we've just got to do this and Victorians have shown what a brilliant job they do".

The NSW government has advised people against travelling to Melbourne and Bendigo and Ms Berejiklian also asked people in Victoria not to rush to NSW.

"Make yourself a plan to do that today, and get it done", he said.

Those who are over 50 can continue to walk in to any centre for the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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