Monday, June 14, 2021

Masks still mandatory outdoors in Melbourne, lockdown eased

Melbourne’s lockdown will ease as planned from tonight but a mask mandate will remain in place.
“I can confirm that the easing of restrictions that we announced yesterday will proceed as planned from 11.59pm tonight, with one small exception for Melbourne,” Acting Premier James Merlino said today.
“Masks will continue to be required to be worn outdoors in all circumstances.”
Victoria recorded four new local cases of coronavirus to midnight.
The new locally acquired cases are from the same household in Reservoir, in Melbourne’s north, and investigations into the source of the infections are underway.
Deputy Chief Health Officer Allen Cheng said they were not close contacts of known infections.
“They’re not identified as close contacts, none of them has given a history of being at an exposure site,” Professor Cheng said.
“The first man, a man in his 80s, was tested on June 8 and got his result yesterday. The other members of the household tested positive yesterday as well.
“We’ve already tested several close contacts of these cases outside of the household and they’ve all come back negative but obviously will remain in quarantine.”
Professor Cheng said the continued requirement to wear masks outside was based on concern around mystery infection.
“These new cases are really the strongest reminder that we are, by no means, out of the woods yet,” he said.
“Over the last fortnight, there have been very limited opportunities for people to transmit infection during lockdown, and obviously what I am anxious about is whoever gave the infection to both these groups is identified quickly and doesn’t have the opportunity to transmit to other people.”
Mr Merlino said wearing masks outdoors was a small but effective price to pay.
“We are used to it, we know it works, and as we come out of this period and lockdown, while we are driving these new cases to ground, I think it is a logical and common-sense step to take,” he said.
“This is a small price to pay to make sure that we can proceed with this careful easing out of lockdown.”

Latest news

Haryana further extends Lockdown till June 21, shops to stay open longer than before

The Haryana government on Sunday extended the statewide Covid-induced lockdown by a week, till June 21, allowing a few relaxations amid a dip in...

Nobody muzzled Bengal minister’s voice at GST Council Meet: Anurag Thakur

Minister of State (MoS) in the Finance Ministry Anurag Thakur has categorically dismissed the remarks of West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra, who claimed...

Aussie swimmer breaks world record post father’s death trauma

Aussie Kaylee McKeown says the death of her father 10-months-ago inspired her to break the 100-metre backstroke world record on Sunday at the Australian...

Jalandhar man on a mission to provide books for children in villages

26-yr-old Mandeep Singh from Sultanpur Lodhi, Jalandhar, has a mission in life. Although secure with in a government job, he is working tirelessly to...

Related news

Haryana further extends Lockdown till June 21, shops to stay open longer than before

The Haryana government on Sunday extended the statewide Covid-induced lockdown by a week, till June 21, allowing a few relaxations amid a dip in...
MUST READ  32 farmer unions defer talks with Centre, to decide on Wednesday

Nobody muzzled Bengal minister’s voice at GST Council Meet: Anurag Thakur

Minister of State (MoS) in the Finance Ministry Anurag Thakur has categorically dismissed the remarks of West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra, who claimed...

Aussie swimmer breaks world record post father’s death trauma

Aussie Kaylee McKeown says the death of her father 10-months-ago inspired her to break the 100-metre backstroke world record on Sunday at the Australian...

Jalandhar man on a mission to provide books for children in villages

26-yr-old Mandeep Singh from Sultanpur Lodhi, Jalandhar, has a mission in life. Although secure with in a government job, he is working tirelessly to...

Shops, malls, restaurants to reopen in Delhi

Shops, malls and restaurants in Delhi will open from Monday as Covid numbers in the national capital drop to a three-month low. Shops will...

WATCH birthday girl Disha Patani auditioning for an ad in a throwback video

Before she made waves in Bollywood, Disha Patani was often seen in small-screen commercials. Now she has been romancing superstars like Tiger Shroff, Salman...

AFL: David Mackay might not be banned after ‘sickening’ bump

Four-time premiership Hawk Jordan Lewis says Adelaide veteran David Mackay shouldn’t be suspended, despite a heavy collision with Hunter Clark that left the young...

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews to get back to work in two weeks

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has revealed he will return to work on Monday, June 28, three months after being hospitalised by a fall. Mr Andrews...