Ballarat to enter immediate lockdown tonight due to COVID outbreak

Ballarat will be plunged back into lockdown after less than a week of slight freedom. Premier Daniel Andrews announced the localised lockdown would be implemented at 11.59pm tonight (Wednesday). It will last for at least seven days and the rules will be the same as we previously saw and the same as metropolitan Melbourne. However, a curfew will not apply. There have been two additional cases overnight, both household contacts of yesterday’s case that was announced. It is expected more cases will be confirmed over the coming days. There will once again only be five reasons to leave home. OTHER NEWS: Making the announcement, Mr Andrews said there had been a number of detections of the virus in Ballarat’s wastewater that had not yet been accounted for. Meanwhile, Greater Shepparton will emerge from its lockdown at midnight tonight. “It is not the news Ballarat wanted to hear but it’s the decision we need to make,” Mr Andrews said. “If we allow it to get away in one part of regional Victoria becomes a threat and a risk to all of regional Victoria. We simply can’t have that happen.” Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said it was likely there would be more cases arise in Ballarat as part of the outbreak. “There are likely to be more cases,” he said. “We have had positive wastewater detections from the eighth (of September). As we have said previously, that can sometimes mean someone passing through, someone who has recovered, but when subsequently you have confirmed cases identified, but does make you think that those wastewater detections related to someone who was positive and infectious and not detected in the community. So it has been over a week of likely transmission within the Ballarat community. “So if you are in Ballarat, please stay alert, be aware of symptoms, get tested if you have been to any of the exposure sides or you have the mildest of symptoms, and if you have that opportunity to get vaccinated and you have no symptoms and haven’t been to exposure sides, please step up for the vaccine.” More to come. See where all the exposure sites are here. We have removed our paywall from our stories about the coronavirus. This is a rapidly changing situation and we aim to make sure our readers are as informed as possible. If you would like to support our journalists you can subscribe here.

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Ballarat will be plunged back into lockdown after less than a week of slight freedom.

Premier Daniel Andrews announced the localised lockdown would be implemented at 11.59pm tonight (Wednesday).

It will last for at least seven days and the rules will be the same as we previously saw and the same as metropolitan Melbourne.

However, a curfew will not apply.

There have been two additional cases overnight, both household contacts of yesterday’s case that was announced.

It is expected more cases will be confirmed over the coming days.

There will once again only be five reasons to leave home.

Making the announcement, Mr Andrews said there had been a number of detections of the virus in Ballarat’s wastewater that had not yet been accounted for.

Meanwhile, Greater Shepparton will emerge from its lockdown at midnight tonight.

“It is not the news Ballarat wanted to hear but it’s the decision we need to make,” Mr Andrews said.

“If we allow it to get away in one part of regional Victoria becomes a threat and a risk to all of regional Victoria. We simply can’t have that happen.”

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said it was likely there would be more cases arise in Ballarat as part of the outbreak.

“There are likely to be more cases,” he said.

“We have had positive wastewater detections from the eighth (of September). As we have said previously, that can sometimes mean someone passing through, someone who has recovered, but when subsequently you have confirmed cases identified, but does make you think that those wastewater detections related to someone who was positive and infectious and not detected in the community. So it has been over a week of likely transmission within the Ballarat community.

“So if you are in Ballarat, please stay alert, be aware of symptoms, get tested if you have been to any of the exposure sides or you have the mildest of symptoms, and if you have that opportunity to get vaccinated and you have no symptoms and haven’t been to exposure sides, please step up for the vaccine.”

See where all the exposure sites are here.

We have removed our paywall from our stories about the coronavirus. This is a rapidly changing situation and we aim to make sure our readers are as informed as possible. If you would like to support our journalists you can subscribe here.

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