‘Three weapons’ being using in Victoria’s coronavirus battlejuillet 1, 2020
“This is being led by science. There’s science in the laboratory, there’s science in the epidemiology,” he told reporters.
“This lockdown in those areas of Melbourne is an approach similar to what we did in north-western Tasmania on the basis of where the cases are, how they are being transmitted and the risk that poses to the wider community, not only in Melbourne, not only in Victoria but the whole of the country.
“Continuing that very close door-to-door surveillance and door-to-door testing as well as the other measures that were announced yesterday to get on top of this problem at the source.
“Going hard and quickly was important, we looked at the three main weapons that we have to fight this virus in the absence of a vaccine and the absence of a universally effective treatment. What are they? Test, trace and isolate.”
Mr Kelly said 20,000 coronavirus tests were conducted in Victoria alone, more than 1000 health staff are working on contact tracing for anyone suspected of having COVID-19 and those efforts will be bolstered by Melbourne’s 10 lockdown regions, to come into effect from midnight tonight.
More than 300,000 residents will go into lockdown until at least July 29, only being allowed to leave their homes for shopping/supplies, compassionate reasons, exercise, and work and study if it can’t be done from home.
If rules are flouted there are fines of $1652 for individuals, a heft maximum fine of $100,000 for businesses.
Dozens of people – including at least 26 hospital staff members – tested positive for the virus at the time and more than 100 employees were stood down and sent into enforced quarantine.
To date, Tasmania has recorded 228 infections and 13 people have died from COVID-19.