Victorian Covid cases skyrocket to 473 as Dan Andrews makes residents wait a WEEK for a roadmap out of lockdown with no clue when freedom will begin
- Victoria Covid-19 cases rise as state registered 473 new infections on Monday
- Prime Minister Daniel Andrews vowed to unveil lockdown roadmap next week
- He will release a comprehensive plan on restrictions that will be slowly relaxed
- Restrictions will be eased when 70 percent of the state gets their first jab
Victoria has recorded 473 new Covid-19 cases overnight with Daniel Andrews promising to unveil a roadmap out of the lockdown within a week.
The Prime Minister has indicated that the state government will receive detailed models from the Burnet Institute in the coming days, before the ‘reserved’ blueprint is drawn up ‘in about a week’.
The modeling will allow health authorities and ministers to formulate plans about which businesses can open and when, on the road to full vaccination of 80 percent of Victoria’s eligible population.
Victoria has recorded 473 new Covid-19 cases overnight, with Daniel Andrews promising to unveil a roadmap out of lockdown within a week
The prime minister has indicated that the state government will receive detailed models from the Burnet Institute in the coming days, before the ‘reserved’ blueprint is drawn up ‘in about a week’
The state government has previously announced minor easing of restrictions when the state achieves 70 percent first-dose coverage, including an extra hour of outdoor activity and the extension of the travel radius from three miles to 10 miles.
By Sunday, 66.2 percent of the eligible Victorian population had received at least their first dose.
A plan to return students to classrooms, including improving ventilation in schools and staggered access times, will be part of the more comprehensive roadmap.
Health authorities are currently investigating a significant outbreak at a school in Melbourne, with The Age reporting that the headmaster has repeatedly violated lockdown rules by inviting parents to send their children.
Deputy Chief Health Officer Dan O’Brien said the outbreak at the Fitzroy Community School in North Fitzroy had grown to at least 30 cases involving students and staff.
“It looks like the number of cases is at least 30, but it’s growing from there,” Mr O’Brien said.
The independent, ‘alternative’ primary school had posted links on its website to numerous articles on the dangers of lockdowns to children’s mental health and the minimal risk of Covid-19 for children,
The age reported an email it received from its principal, Timothy Berryman, sent to parents in early June encouraging parents to send their children to school while Victoria remained in lockdown.
The modeling will enable health authorities and ministers to formulate plans on which businesses can open and when, towards full vaccination of 80 percent of Victoria’s eligible population.
The federal government has begun a three-week vaccination blitz of the areas, sending 417,000 additional doses of Pfizer and Moderna to Victoria.
“I cannot in good conscience continue to ask that you keep your children at home,” the email read.
“Feel free to send your child to school if you think it’s best for them or best for your family balance. I’m not writing this lightly, as it violates government guidelines for schools.’
Mr Berryman was later warned that his encouragement to parents at the time violated the health directive, but in late July he continued to suggest that they send their children to school.
“I am once again offering you every opportunity to send your children to school,” he wrote.
Children aged 12 to 15 can receive a Pfizer vaccination in Victoria from Monday.
Schools and COVID-affected areas are also preparing to welcome a series of pop-up vaccination hubs to increase coverage, with the program launching in the next two weeks.
The state government has previously announced minor easing of restrictions as the state reaches 70 percent first-dose coverage
At least 30 students and staff tested positive at the Fitzroy Community Center in Fitzroy North, Melbourne
Of the 392 new cases reported on Sunday, 255 came from Melbourne’s north and a further 89 from the western suburbs.
The federal government has begun a three-week vaccination blitz in the areas, sending 417,000 additional doses of Pfizer and Moderna to Victoria.
Meanwhile, most Victorian trains remain suspended on Monday as 300 V/Line workers isolate themselves after five positive tests among drivers and operations staff.
Coaches replace most services.