Here is the short version of that very long press conference in Victoria, Australia earlier:
- Victoria recorded 671 new cases of coronavirus, with the total number of cases now at 11,557. The overal total has increased by 626, due to 45 cases being reclassified – largely due to duplication. Seven people died since yesterday’s announcement. They include three women in their 70s, two women in their 80s, one man in his 90s and one woman in her 90s.
- To put that increase in context, the state’s number of confirmed infections rose by 397 on Saturday, and although this was far fewer than Thursday’s peak of 723, Andrews was not encouraged.
- Of the total cases, 10,643 are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 661 are from regional Victoria.
- There are 649 active cases among healthcare workers and 1053 active cases relating to outbreaks across aged care facilities.
- Stage 4 lockdown comes into effect from 6pm tonight. This means that from 6pm tonight, residents can go shopping, one person per household and within 5km of their homes.
- The restriction on daily exercise is one hour, with no more than two people together (except if you are a parent with children who would otherwise be left alone at home), no more than 5km from your home.
- A curfew has been introduced in Melbourne: The only reason to be out between 8:00pm and 5:00am on any given day is if you are at work or if you are giving care or getting care.
- From Wednesday, the state will move to flexible and remote learning for all students in all schools right across the state. This includes Year 11 and 12s in Metropolitan Melbourne. Special schools will remain open for those who need to be in those settings. The students of parents who are working will be able to go to school, but only where absolutely necessary. Regional Victoria will also move to remote and flexible learning for all students but, said Andrews: “there will be I think larger numbers of students that are allowed to be at school because their parents are working.”
- Regional Victoria is entering Stage 3 lockdown from Wednesday. Andrews: “That’s stay at home, except for the four reasons to leaving. That will mean restaurants, cafes, bars, gyms, a whole range of other settings will need to close from midnight next Wednesday.” Here is our explainer of Stage 3 lockdown as it applied to Metropolitan Melbourne.
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That press conference is now over. I will unclench my jaw, unfurrow my brow, stretch my aching fingers and summarise it for your shortly.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews reminding people there is no need for panic buying:
I want to send a message to all Victorians that there’s no need to be stocking up on things at the supermarket. Supermarkets will remain open. The butcher, grocer, bakery will remain open. Pharmacies and petrol stations will remain open.
Home cooks, safe in the knowledge that their pantries are stocked:
Still in Australia, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is asked about mental health support as he announces a six-week Stage 4 lockdown in Melbourne:
We will have further announcements to make, whether it be vulnerable communities, those who are experiencing family violence, those who have a mental health condition for instance. Those who by virtue of these circumstances are under enormous strain and pressure and business support and cash flow support. We’ll have much more to say about all of those items. I’m pleased to say the CommonwealthGovernment will join us as a partner in many of those and that’s a very, very important thing.
On weddings and funerals:
Funerals are unchanged for the wedding will not be occurring in Melbourne unless there is a compassionate reason, and there are often circumstances where someone may not have a very long to live, for instance. We will be as generous as we can be. Those matters need to wait.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews explains the virus with a metaphor:
This is a public health bushfire. But you can’t smell the smoke and you can’t see the flame. This is very different. It is a wicked enemy. It spreads so fast without people even knowing.
To answer some of your questions from Twitter:
On intimate partners, says Andrews:
The arrangements in relation to intimate partners are unchanged. The arrangements in relation to shared custody are unchanged. Things like 5km rules and reasons to leave your home, they don’t apply in those circumstances.
On caring for others:
There is common sense as well as compassion. If an elderly person for instance or somebody who needed care and needed to be accompanied to the shops to go and buy the things they needed, then they can still have that caring arrangement, still has somebody to look after them.
On whether you can be accompanied by more than one person if those people are your children:
If, to comply with the exercise rules, you would be leaving kids at home unattended, of course not. You can bring dependants with you. Ultimately, commonsense drives this, and one key principle drives this. Stay at home means they are at home.
If you are out of home, you need to be close by, say in your neighbourhood, stay in your community. You can’t go from one side of Melbourne to another. You can’t have interactions with other people that I just not necessary, because what that means is that the virus spreads, and particularly those cases where we can’t find a link, we can’t find clarity about how you got it, and that is a real worry here.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on fines:
I’ll have more to say about fines and penalties soon. Today is not the day for that. Anybody breaking that curfew, you run the risk of being caught and run the risk of being fined and we always reserve the right not just to fine you on the spot but to take you to court and then it’s not $1,652, it’s actually$10,000. This will be over sooner if everyone does the right thing and plays the part they have to play. I’ve said it many times, I don’t want the of some to detract from the amazing -selfishness of some to detract from the amazing work millions are doing.
On how the authorities will enforce the exercise rules:
Thank you to those asking me questions on Twitter – we’ll try our best to answer what we can this afternoon based on the information available.
Source: Sound Health and Lasting Wealth