‘We can’t run the risk’: Andrews imposes seven extra days of lockdown
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has announced his state will remain in lockdown for an extra seven days in a “determined” attempt to avoid a situation like Sydney. Mr Andrews announced 13 new cases of community transmission on Tuesday morning, bringing the number of active cases to 85 and close contacts to around 18,000. Nine of the 13 were “tucked away” in isolation for their entire infectious period. “As promising as our progress has been, avoiding a New South Wales-style long, lengthy, very challenging lockdown, where you just lose control of cases, we have avoided that, but we need more time,” Mr Andrews said. “That is why on the advice of the chief health officer we will extend these lockdowns for a further seven days. “We are all going to work very, very hard to have Victoria begin the process of opening up at midnight next Tuesday, 27th. “We wish we could bring this in earlier, but we can’t run the risk that there are cases out there that we don’t know about.” Mr Andrews said authorities would know when they have brought the outbreak under control. “Hopefully 100 per cent of any new cases have been isolating for the entirety of their infectious period, that is really how we will know that we have brought this under control,” he said. “We don’t have that residual risk of it running again, of it flaring up once with open up – we just can’t run that risk.” The state recorded 13 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to Monday morning.