Thu. May 19th, 2022

That Victorian local authority area (LGA) in Mildura will enter into a seven-day snap shutdown from midnight Friday, just as two other regions are freed from the toughest restrictions.

COVID-19 case loads in Mildura have increased in recent days, with nine active cases reported today.

The state health authorities say three more cases have been discovered, which will be included in Saturday’s figures.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said more than a quarter of the state's new cases were in Melbourne's western suburbs.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said more than a quarter of the state’s new cases were in Melbourne’s western suburbs. (9News)

In addition to the curfew, the same restrictions that apply in Melbourne apply to Mildura.

Residents will only leave the home to get essential goods or services, provide care, complete authorized work or for outdoor training.

Masks will be mandatory indoors and outdoors.

Mildura will be part of a seven-day snap-lockdown.
Mildura will be part of a seven-day snap-lockdown. (Google Maps)

People are also allowed to visit a partner or a single bubble buddy, but no other visitors are allowed in the home.

Residents can only shop, exercise or meet someone within 15 km of their home.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the lockdown was necessary to limit the spread of the virus.

“We have seen regional communities come through an outbreak so we know it can be done – it is important that we protect the local community and the rest of the Victoria region from significant outbreaks,” Dr Sutton said.

Other regional areas are coming out of lockdown

Shepparton and Moorabool Shire come out of the lockdown at the same time tonight.

Restrictions in both areas will then follow those already in place in the rest of the Victoria region.

New cases remain in Moorabool Shire and Shepparton, but health authorities are convinced that lockdown and community action have slowed the spread in each area.

Dr Sutton said the short lockdowns helped “buy more time for locals to get vaccinated”.

A quiet Shepparton town center during lockdown.
A quiet Shepparton town center during lockdown. (Eddie Jim)

According to state health authorities, over 91 percent of the population in Moorabool Shire have had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

While in Shepparton, thousands of locals were tested and received their first and second vaccine doses.

Although the lockdown is lifting in the two regional cities, certain restrictions will remain, such as mandatory mask wearing indoors and outdoors, and no socializing inside the house.

Residents of Moorabool Shire and Shepparton also cannot travel to Melbourne or other areas of the state that are still locked.

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