Authorities in Australian state of Victoria make masks compulsory for all

Authorities in Australian state of Victoria make masks compulsory for all

Authorities in Australian state of Victoria make masks compulsory for all

'Public health experts from the Victorian team, together working with colleagues at a national level, will spend the next day looking through in fine detail, looking for trends to have a really clear sense of exactly what is presenting and exactly what the nature of our challenge is, ' he said.

Mr Andrews has previously indicated Victorian lockdown restrictions could be extended past the initial mid-August expiry if daily case numbers remain high.

"Forty-nine doesn't necessarily seem such a large number but 49 mysteries when it could be much more than that because you can't find who that original case was, that is a significant concern to us", he said.

A curfew from 8 PM to 5 AM every day will be implemented from Sunday evening in Melbourne, barring the almost five million people in the city from leaving their houses except for work or to receive or give care. Check your state's restrictions on gathering limits. All schools will move to remote learning from Wednesday.

The sunshine state on Saturday imposed tighter border restrictions, adding visitors from greater Sydney to the banned list, along with all people from Victoria.

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A special meeting of the nation's medical officers informed Prime Minister Scott Morrison and senior members of government that it backed Victoria's decisions.

"We are all in this together and we will get through it", Morrison said.

"We do so because they will help save and protect lives", Hunt said.

The support by the federal government, ruled by a Liberal Party- led union, for the procedures by Victoria's Labor Party government reveals nationwide unity of message throughout the political spectrum in a nation with a loose federal system.

Victoria now accounts for more than half of the country's 190 deaths from the novel coronavirus.

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Of the 10,931 coronavirus cases recorded in Victoria since the pandemic began, 1,841 - about 17 per cent - have so far been classified as community transmission.

There were 255 active cases in regional Victoria as of Thursday's update. "This is the only option we have".

Victoria's upgraded restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne from Sunday evening include allowing only one person per household to shop and only one to exercise for an hour a day.

Mr Andrews said it was "vital" the virus was stopped from spreading further into regional communities. Mask-wearing has been made mandatory in the state.

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