Victorian region back into lockdown amid a ‘rapid increase’ in case numbers
The Latrobe Valley in regional Victoria has been placed into a snap lockdown in response to a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases.
The City of Latrobe will enter a seven-day lockdown commencing at 11.59pm on Tuesday, with the same restrictions as those in metropolitan Melbourne, excluding the curfew.
Acting Victorian chief health officer Professor Ben Cowie confirmed the decision on Tuesday evening.
There are 18 active cases in the local government area, with four new infections confirmed on Tuesday that will be reported on Wednesday’s numbers.
“The public health teams have significant concerns about onward transmission in the Latrobe Valley and have determined that the seven-day lockdown is needed to limit growth in cases, as it did in Ballarat and Geelong,” the department said.
Under the lockdown, people can only leave home for limited reasons: buying necessary goods and services, caregiving or compassionate reasons including medical care and getting a Covid-19 test, authorised work or permitted education, exercise and outdoor social interaction in limited groups, and getting a coronavirus vaccine locally.
People in the City of Latrobe have up to four hours a day for exercise and outdoor social interaction – including meeting with one other person, or up to four others from two households if everyone present is fully vaccinated.
In the City of Latrobe, more than 73 per cent of the population have had at least their first vaccination dose and more than 44 per cent have had both.
Originally published as Victorian region back into lockdown amid a ‘rapid increase’ in case numbers
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