Welp: it looks like the Victorian lockdown will be extended at least a week, after the state recorded 92 locally-acquired cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

Earlier today, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced that the lockdown would definitely not end in two days, as it was initially expected to. Although, he didn’t provide a time frame for how long the state would be locked down for.

“Obviously with almost 100 cases today, where many of them remain mysteries, many of them were out in the community during their infectious period, it is not going to be possible for us to open up our Victorian community in just a couple of days’ time,” Andrews said.

Now, the Herald Sun have revealed that according to senior VIC ministers it’s almost certain the lockdown will extend a week.

The concern is that with so many mystery cases emerging, it would not be safe nor smart to reopen so soon.

“We have got to put this fire out first. I need to make sure we have got control over those smouldering embers and that it’s not going to kick off another fire,”  Victoria’s COVID commander Jeroen Weimar said on Sunday.

“It’s too early for the chief health officer and the wider public health team to provide that advice as to whether we’ve done that yet.

“What we have achieved in three weeks is that the place hasn’t exploded, we have seen a really strong, robust control over these outbreaks.”

Of the 92 COVID cases recorded, 63 of those were linked to known outbreaks and 19 were confirmed to be fully quarantining at the time. However, the number of those infectious in the community is unknown at this stage.

There are now 773 active locally-acquired cases of COVID in Victoria, with the majority being located in Melbourne’s north and west.


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