Mildura will be subject to the same rules of repatriation as Melbourne, excluding curfews, with a travel restriction of 15 kilometers and a ban on visitors to people’s homes.
Matson acknowledged that the decision to go into lockdown was made “quite late in the evening” on Friday.
“But as always, we make these decisions based on the latest advice and the latest data at the time, and if there was any inconvenience to our late notice, we apologize,” she said.
“But we will never apologize for taking the right public health measures to protect the communities of Victoria and Victoria, and in this case the community in the Mildura area.”
Five more deaths were reported Saturday, including two from Moreland, a woman in her 90s and a man in her 70s, a Banyule man in his 60s, a Hobsons Bay man in his 60s and a Hume man in 50s.
There are currently 578 people in the hospital with the virus, with 117 on intensive care, 83 requiring ventilation.
Government Services Minister Danny Pearson said 85 percent of the population over the age of 16 have now received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“And 57 percent have received another dose, which is a great effort,” he said.
In Melbourne, 735 COVID-19 cases were recorded in the northern suburbs, particularly in the local jurisdictions of Hume and Whittlesea.
In the west of the city, there were 464 new cases, many of them in the Melton area. 533 new infections had been registered in the southeast.
Routine testing of Virgin Australia has also identified a positive case in a cabin crew member who flew on at least six domestic flights while potentially contagious.
The flights between Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Newcastle from 4 to 6 October have been listed as close contact points and passengers will be notified.
Thousands must be released from quarantine
Meanwhile, people considered secondary contacts in a COVID-19 case are no longer required to isolate in Victoria as the state moves towards living with the virus.
On Saturday, text messages were sent to 16,000 people informing them of the changes and effectively freeing them from quarantine.
Primary contacts that have been directly related to a positive case still need to be tested and isolated for 14 days.
Secondary contacts are associated with a ‘primary contact’ and will no longer be managed by public health entities.
“This has been effective in Melbourne for a while, but now this is going to happen across the country,” Matson said.
“There is a very important difference between someone who is known to have been in contact with a confirmed case and someone who has come into contact with the primary close contact. The risk is different. So it just recognizes the changed risk and the changed environment we are in.
“We are no longer chasing COVID zero in Victoria and we have 17,000 active cases in Victoria at this time.”
Support for Victoria’s creative industries
Sir. Pearson also announced an additional $ 15 million on Saturday. In funding for the state’s arts and creative industries.
“$ 10 million of this will target small and medium-sized creative organizations, much-loved art festivals and the state’s major performing arts companies,” he said.
“It will ensure that they can continue to operate and hire people, engage artists and plan a path to recovery as restrictions ease.”
An additional $ 5 million will go directly to individual artists, creative workers, collectives and micro-enterprises, many of which, Mr Pearson said, have “fallen through the holes” in other support programs.
“This funding will be provided through a new streamlined round of the Sustaining Creative Workers program, and it will include grants of up to $ 5,000 for GPs, including freelancers and subcontractors,” he said.
The grants are similar to a program running in 2020 and can be applied for on the Creative Victoria website.
Meanwhile, Greater Shepparton and Moorabool Shire left their lockdowns at 11:59 p.m. Friday, with rules now matching the rest of regional Victoria, including masks indoors and outdoors, and a ban on home meetings.