Victoria, the second-most-populated state of the country, has now witnessed 11 straight days of double-digit new cases of the deadly novel virus, which are mostly linked to known outbreaks in the suburbs of Melbourne, health officials mentioned. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews, who has indicated that some of those areas might need to return to stricter lockdown measures, has blamed some clusters on large family gatherings that have broken social distancing restrictions.
"It's important to reiterate to the community that you are not immune from catching coronavirus by virtue of the postcode that you live in".
Victoria began lifting restrictions in May and vowed to remove the majority of restrictions by the end of July. Plans to open a travel "bubble" with neighbouring New Zealand have already taken a knock as both countries grapple with incidents around virus management.
Victoria has just recorded recorded a total of 75 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, making it the fourth-most cases in a single day for the state since the pandemic stated at the beginning of the year.
The overnight tally included four indeterminate cases that have been reclassified as positive.
One of these cases is a returned traveller quarantining in a hotel, while 37 are from routine testing at clinics, 14 have been linked to established outbreaks, and the remaining 23 cases are under investigation.
Victoria's Chief Health Officer, Professor Brett Sutton, says a potential lockdown of the worst-affected suburbs is still under consideration, while State Health Minister Jenny Mikakos says infections are not exclusive to Melbourne's north and western suburbs.
"If we have to further limit movement in some of those suburbs, for instance a stay-at-home order" for the public good, "then that is what we will do", Andrews told a news conference.