One new case of COVID-19 recorded, no deaths as social long weekend looms
Melburnians can have two people from the same household plus dependents visit their home. Only one ‘visiting event’ can happen per person per day.
Premier Daniel Andrews warned Victorians on Friday not to become lax as case numbers drop and to keep social distancing rules in mind and shoppers and revellers hit the streets.
“Whether it is washing your hands, coughing into the crook of your arm … all the way through to a cafe owner making sure tables are appropriately spaced and making sure you are keeping a record of everybody who is coming into the shop or the store,” he told reporters.
“All of these things, they can seem simple and very small but they all add up to what we have built – something that is precious but something that is fragile,” he said.
Mr Andrews confirmed the state was still on track to lift restrictions such as the 25-kilometre limit on November 8 if case numbers continued as they had this week.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton encouraged Melburnians to call out COVID-19 rule breakers, whether they be friends, family or those out in the community.
“If you see [friends or family] who have a cough or runny nose, politely but firmly decline them attending your house or seeing them,” he said.
“If people are cramming inside an indoor area and not following the density quota and the distancing and hygiene measures … they’re putting everyone’s health at risk and we should pull them up on it.”
Four COVID-19 cases emerged on Friday, with two considered ‘weak positives’ which could be removed from the daily tally after investigations by a expert panel. Another case might be a historical case, while one case still under investigation.
The four cases were found across Wyndham, Brimbank, Hume and Greater Dandenong council areas.
The Andrews government is in talks on the possibility of establishing a single “coronavirus hospital” to treat all COVID-19 patients in a plan aimed at freeing up the state’s healthcare system and stopping the spread of the virus among families .
A proposal to use one site to treat all coronavirus patients, and to quarantine Victorians who test positive to COVID-19 in hospital, rather than hotels, if they cannot safely self-isolate at home, was discussed in meetings this week between officials from the Department of Health and Human Services and Safer Care Victoria.
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Ashleigh McMillan is a breaking news reporter at The Age. Got a story? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org