Victoria’s appearing Premier James Merlino introduced the lockdown extension in a press release. He described the scenario as “one thing much more critical” after the state reported 60 native instances and greater than 350 publicity websites.
Authorities additionally registered a variant of the pathogen that, based on Mr Merlino, is “faster and extra contagious than we’ve seen earlier than.”
He wrote: “Up to now, the method has been to trace the unfold by buddies, household and workmates.
“Folks spending time collectively for minutes and hours – not seconds.
“What we’re seeing now’s one thing else – one thing much more critical.
“At the very least one in ten present instances have caught this virus from a stranger.”
In his assertion, the Premier additionally hailed vaccination as “one of the best ways to cease the virus”.
Nonetheless, he highlighted that solely two p.c of the inhabitants are absolutely vaccinated and that “if we let this factor run then instances will explode.”
He added: “It’s why, on the recommendation of Chief Well being Officer Brett Sutton, the present restrictions will stay in place in Melbourne for an extra seven days, with some small modifications.”