Residents have begun leaving Melbourne public housing towers which were put under five days lockdown.
All but one of the towers under the harsh rules have had their restrictions eased.
The 480 people who live at 33 Alfred Street, North Melbourne, will be forced to live under the measures for another nine days, after 53 cases were confirmed at that building.
But the thousands of other residents in North Melbourne and Flemington will join the rest of Melbourne under the new stage three lockdown for six weeks.
One man said it was “like being in jail” as he emerged this morning.
Those allowed to leave for essential reasons include residents at the Pampas Street and Melrose Street buildings, as well as people while live in the towers at Sutton Street, Canning Street and Holland Court.
Three Racecourse Road towers have now also returned to level three restrictions from midnight.
Officials say there’s a link between cases at the towers, and 113 cases at Al Taqwa College in Truganina.
The highest number of confirmed cases were at 33 Alfred Street, North Melbourne, with at least 53 cases confirmed.
“The public health advice is that there are such numbers of positive cases, together with known close contacts, that the assumption has got to be that everybody in that tower is a close contact of someone who is positive,” Mr Andrews said.
Authorities predict that about a quarter of all residents in the Alfred Street complex could develop the virus due to being in close contact with confirmed cases.
“On that basis, just like every other Victorian, they will need to remain in their flat, in their unit, except for medical care, and for supervised daily exercise,” Mr Andrews said.
“We will support each and every one of those families. The 14 days is the balance. So, the five days that have already been done, plus a further nine days.
“That is an abundance of caution approach that not only protects the welfare and the wellbeing, the health, of all of those residents, but also protects public health as well.”
Source: 9News | News Colony