Panic buying in Victoria as entire state prepares for lockdown

Katie Ramirez
May 27, 2021

Restaurants, pubs and cafes can only stay open for takeaway. "We've seen overseas how hard that movement can be to control", Merlino said. These are for food and supplies, authorised work, care and caregiving, exercise and getting vaccinated.

Researchers say they were unable to find any other possible route of transmission, having checked staff hygiene procedures, contact between rooms, and the air conditioning system.

"The reason why we are dealing with this outbreak today is because of a hotel breach in South Australia - that is not a criticism, it is just a fact", he said. More than 40,000 test results were received overnight.

Contact tracers have locked down more than 10,000 primary and secondary contacts of infected people.

As Victoria is plunged into yet another coronavirus lockdown, supermarket shelves are being stripped bare once again.

In Melbourne, tens of thousands joined lengthy queues to be tested for Covid-19, while others rushed to get jabbed as the state opened up mass vaccination centres to people aged 40-49 for the first time.

The man, in his 60s, could be the possible "source case" of the Whittlesea outbreak, although a definitive link is yet to be established.

Victoria last entered a five-day "circuit breaker" lockdown in February, when the virus escaped hotel quarantine and infected 13 people.

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The youngest child, estimated to be five years old, was conscious upon his arrival at the hospital and spoke Italian. The Stresa-Mottarone lift had only recently re-opened following the gradual lifting of coronavirus restrictions.

Visitors to aged care facilities will be banned except for limited reasons, while visitors to hospitals will be restricted to those supporting a partner during birth, a parent accompanying a child, or end of life reasons.

Infections peaked at 725 new cases in a single day in August at a time when community spread had been virtually eliminated elsewhere in the country.

Schools will move to remote learning, except for vulnerable children and children of authorised workers.

A spokesperson from the New Zealand Ministry of Health said this afternoon it was "crucial" everyone who has been in Victoria since May 11 was checking Victoria Health's website for locations of interest.

Facing a cluster of 26 cases linked to the "highly infectious" Indian strain of COVID-19, authorities issued stay-at-home orders for Melbourne and surrounding Victoria state from midnight. Groceries are only allowed by one member of the household once a day and all essential stores are closed.

"If we had an alternative to hotel quarantine for this particular variant of concern, we would not be here today".

Also under pressure over failing to meet initial vaccine delivery targets - with about 3.7 million vaccination doses administered so far in a population of 25 million - the government has pledged additional batches will be sent to Victoria in the coming weeks.

Morrison urged eligible Australians to get vaccinated, saying the "wonderful and enviable" way of life Down Under during much of the pandemic had led to some vaccine hesitancy.

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