Victoria to enter stage four lockdown as Covid-19 spike worsens

Coronavirus: 'Stage 4' Covid-19 lockdown imminent in Melbourne as deaths mount

Australia's government to back Victoria's strict coronavirus lockdown

Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed that stage four restrictions will be introduced on Sunday as Victoria recorded 671 new cases and seven deaths as a result of COVID-19.

An evening curfew will be implemented across Melbourne from 8.00pm to 5.00am every day, starting tonight, forbidding anyone from leaving the home except for working, receiving or giving care.

Metropolitan Melbourne has been put under a curfew from 8pm tonight.

Andrews said his government was deeply anxious that 49 "mystery cases" identified on Saturday could indicate the virus was spreading widely through the Melbourne community and confirmed he was in discussions with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison about tougher restrictions.

Members of the ADF (Australian Defence Force) patrol with Members of Victoria Police on August 2 in Melbourne.

Only one person per household will be allowed to go to the shops.

Under the "stage four" restrictions, Melbourne residents will only be allowed to exercise for an hour a day and can't travel more than 5km from home for the goal of shopping.

"The only reason to be out of your home between the hours of 8pm and 5am is to get care, to give care, or to go to and from work or be at work". No groups bigger than two (regardless of family).

In terms of both shared custody and intimate partners, Andrews confirmed that "things like 5 kilometre rules and reasons to leave your home, they don't apply in those circumstances".

The Mitchell Shire, north of Melbourne, will stay on the same stage three restrictions it has been on for almost three weeks.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews hasn't explained exactly what "stage four" will mean yet.

The restrictions will come into place from 6pm Sunday and will run for six weeks before being reevaluated on September 13. "But it is not working fast enough", Andrews told a televised briefing.

"Supermarkets will remain open".

Large crowds of people are seen shopping at South Melbourne Market.

"It's a number of other sites that will have to modify the way they work and some will close or go to but a fraction of their normal work".

"Intricate and complex supply chains. I'm not making any commitments on that and not suggesting if we got to a certain threshold we'd be able to go back to these restrictions prior to me standing up today or another level", he said, according to the Guardian. We need to channel our anxiety and anger into helping each other rather than tearing each other apart.

"Anything that's shut down here can have knock-on effects and consequences well beyond our state".

Announcements relating to businesses, enforcement and fines, penalties and "the processes to hold people to account if they're not doing the right thing" will be made tomorrow.

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