Victoria has registered 24 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, 14 of which have been quarantined during their period of infection.
- 31,519 test results were received Monday, and 25,742 vaccine doses were given at state-run sites
- Tougher restrictions in Melbourne came into force at 23:59 Monday
- A health expert has questioned whether the curfew imposed in Melbourne will be effective
Contact trackers have linked 21 of the cases back to existing clusters in the Delta outbreak.
The state processed 31,519 test results Monday, when 25,742 doses of vaccine were delivered at state-run sites.
The rules for Melbourne’s lockdown were tightened overnight with the introduction of a curfew between 21:00 and 17:00 and the closure of public playgrounds.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the tough rules were necessary as the state stood on the “brink” of being overwhelmed by the outbreak, in part because some flour burners continued to violate restrictions.
The city’s lockdown and curfew will be in place until September 2.
There are now more than 540 venues listed as COVID-19 venues, with key grocery stores around St Kilda among the latest additions.
Questions raised over Melbourne’s curfew
Nathan Grills, a public health doctor at the University of Melbourne’s Nossal Institute, said he largely supported the tightening of restrictions in Melbourne.
But he said there was not enough evidence to support the reintroduction of a curfew.
“During Phase 4, we still can’t do much, so you have to ask, what adds a curfew?” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
Professor Grills said the curfew could be more effective as a deterrent rather than a public health measure.
“It probably has some effect on people who are idiots and partying and so on, which is a high-risk event.”
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