Victoria has entered a seven-day lockdown in an effort to contain a growing outbreak of the COVID-19 Delta variant in Melbourne’s western suburbs.
Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed the lockdown after the state recorded eight new COVID-19 cases.
The same rules that applied during last month’s lockdown will be reimposed, including the five-kilometre travel limit for exercise and shopping and compulsory masks indoors and outdoors.
On Thursday, Lisa Wilkinson – who lives in Sydney – apologised to Victorians, blaming the spread on mixed messaging from the government when it all began.
“I must say, this afternoon when the news broke, that you guys are going into lockdown from 8pm tonight, you know, there are a lot of us in Sydney who feel like we need to apologise to you guys because all this comes from what happened six weeks or so ago with that Bondi cluster that happened.”
She added, “And the problem was the messaging from the very beginning and, look, I don’t know – we have all become experts, but watching this unfold it feels like the problem sheets back to the original mixed messaging, where the lockdown was not hard enough and people wanted a hard lockdown.
“We wanted to know what the rules were, so we could follow them and get out of it quickly. Victoria proves every time that the minute you get an outbreak there, you stamp on it and you get back to normal life again it is a pity it is happening for you guys for the sixth time now.”
The lockdown was prompted in part by fears a teacher infected with COVID-19 may have unknowingly spread the virus while infectious. She also passed the virus on to her partner and his parents.
The state’s fifth lockdown ended just nine days ago.