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Tempers have flared in Melbourne’s CBD as swarms of mask-less protestors hit the streets, as Victoria’s sixth lockdown came into effect at 8pm.

Around 2,000 people met at Flinders Street Station earlier in the evening to march across the city in protest of the new lockdown restrictions.

Crowds were heard chanting ‘no more lockdowns’ and ‘sack Dan Andrews’ as flares were set off in the street.

Police were seen clashing with some protesters and making at least one arrest, as furious marchers said the gruelling restrictions were ruining lives. 

The new restrictions come just nine days after Victorians were released from the previous lockdown.  

Some of the protesters brought megaphones to address the crowd and rile up chanting during the Melbourne march (pictured on Thursday night) as lockdown began

Some of the protesters brought megaphones to address the crowd and rile up chanting during the Melbourne march (pictured on Thursday night) as lockdown began

Some of the protesters brought megaphones to address the crowd and rile up chanting during the Melbourne march (pictured on Thursday night) as lockdown began

A demonstrator gives gestures toward police during the anti-lockdown march in Melbourne

A demonstrator gives gestures toward police during the anti-lockdown march in Melbourne

A demonstrator gives gestures toward police during the anti-lockdown march in Melbourne

Police officer are pictured threatening protestors with pepper spray as tempers flare

Police officer are pictured threatening protestors with pepper spray as tempers flare

Police officer are pictured threatening protestors with pepper spray as tempers flare

Around 2,000 protesters swarmed Melbourne (pictured on Thursday night) to protest the new lockdown

Around 2,000 protesters swarmed Melbourne (pictured on Thursday night) to protest the new lockdown

Around 2,000 protesters swarmed Melbourne (pictured on Thursday night) to protest the new lockdown

At least two flares were let off in the street (pictured) as protesters stormed Melbourne

Premier Daniel Andrews said there was ‘no alternative’ because the Indian Delta strain of coronavirus is so contagious.

‘None of us want to be in a situation where we have to lockdown again but the Delta variant moves so fast,’ he said. 

‘There are no alternatives to lockdown. If you wait, it will spread. And once it spreads, you can never even hope to run alongside it.

‘I would prefer we didn’t have to make this decision now. But my fear is if we were to wait a few days there is every chance instead of being locked down for a week, this gets away from us.’ 

Residents are only allowed to leave home for exercise, essential shopping, care-giving, essential work and getting vaccinated. 

Victorians enduring their sixth lockdown were well prepared when it came to protest signage

Victorians enduring their sixth lockdown were well prepared when it came to protest signage

Victorians enduring their sixth lockdown were well prepared when it came to protest signage 

Anti-lockdown protesters descended on the CBD and were heard chanting for Dan Andrews to be sacked

Anti-lockdown protesters descended on the CBD and were heard chanting for Dan Andrews to be sacked

Anti-lockdown protesters descended on the CBD and were heard chanting for Dan Andrews to be sacked

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VICTORIA’S NEW LOCKDOWN

 – The lockdown is scheduled to run from Thursday August 5 at 8pm for seven days 

– There will be only five lawful reasons to leave home

1. Essential shopping

2. Two hours of daily exercise within a 5km radius

3. To seek or provide medical care 

4. Work or study that cannot be done from home.

5. To go and get vaccinated. 

– Face masks will be mandatory indoors and outdoors

– Schools will return to online learning 

– 5km travel limit for essential tasks, including shopping and exercise

– If your business was closed during the last lockdown, they must close this lockdown

– Hospitality open for takeaway only

– General retail is closed, as well as all non-essential businesses 

– Visitors to the home are banned

– Funerals capped at ten people, while weddings are banned

– Professional sport can proceed but with no crowds 

– Outdoor parks and play areas are open, but those indoors must close 

 

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With stay at home orders kicking in at 8pm, Mr Andrews told residents: ‘Go home, and begin that lockdown.

‘Don’t be out and about because all you might be doing is spreading the virus.’

Mr Andrews asked residents to ‘assume you have Covid’ and immediately get tested if suffering any cold and flu symptoms – and he also urged people to obey the rules.

‘I plead with all Victorians please don’t go and visit family and friends, because you might well be contributing to the spread of the virus,’ he said.

The premier said he wanted the lockdown to be successful so the state could open up quickly.

‘I’m determined and I believe we have every chance of being open for the vast majority of the time between now and when we are up to 80 per cent of people who have had the jab.

A demonstrator is pictured being taken to the ground by police during the march

A demonstrator is pictured being taken to the ground by police during the march

A demonstrator is pictured being taken to the ground by police during the march

Police were seen making numerous arrests as hundreds of protesters descended on Melbourne (pictured)

Police were seen making numerous arrests as hundreds of protesters descended on Melbourne (pictured)

Police were seen making numerous arrests as hundreds of protesters descended on Melbourne (pictured)

Police met the hundreds of marchers at Flinders Street Station (pictured) as they protested against the lockdown

Police met the hundreds of marchers at Flinders Street Station (pictured) as they protested against the lockdown

Police met the hundreds of marchers at Flinders Street Station (pictured) as they protested against the lockdown

Protesters demanded Premier Dan Andrews be sacked (pictured) as they stormed the streets of Melbourne on Thursday

Protesters demanded Premier Dan Andrews be sacked (pictured) as they stormed the streets of Melbourne on Thursday

Protesters demanded Premier Dan Andrews be sacked (pictured) as they stormed the streets of Melbourne on Thursday

TWO NEW MYSTERY CASES

Female school teacher who lives in the Hobsons Bay area in southwest Melbourne and works at Al-Taqwa College in the western suburb of Truganina 

A man who lives in the Maribrynong local government area in northwest Melbourne and works at a warehouse in the western suburb of Derrimut

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‘That is absolutely doable. We all have to pay our part to achieve that outcome,’ he said.

Mr Andrews said the whole of the state had to be locked down because of a positive sewage test in Wangaratta, 236km north-east of Melbourne, which indicated cases had already escaped the capital.

‘With one sewerage detection we have to assume there are cases,’ he said.

Victoria recorded six new cases – including two of unknown origin – on Thursday plus an additional two cases that will be lodged in tomorrow’s numbers.

Twenty-one venues have been identified as exposure sites, including a pharmacy, service station, cafe and gym. They are mostly located in the western suburbs of Truganina, Caroline Springs, Altona North, Newport and Spotswood. 

One of the two new mystery cases is a teacher in her 20s at a prestigious Islamic school in Melbourne – whose positive result has sent 2,100 students and 300 staff members into isolation for 14 days.

Hundreds of fed-up Victorians flocked to the Melbourne CBD protest (pictured)

Hundreds of fed-up Victorians flocked to the Melbourne CBD protest (pictured)

Hundreds of fed-up Victorians flocked to the Melbourne CBD protest (pictured)

The Victorian Department of Health on Wednesday confirmed a female teacher at the Al-Taqwa College (pictured) in Truganina in the city's west may have been infectious in the community for a week. The teacher lives with her partner in the Hobsons Bay area, he has also tested positive along with two of his family members

The Victorian Department of Health on Wednesday confirmed a female teacher at the Al-Taqwa College (pictured) in Truganina in the city's west may have been infectious in the community for a week. The teacher lives with her partner in the Hobsons Bay area, he has also tested positive along with two of his family members

The Victorian Department of Health on Wednesday confirmed a female teacher at the Al-Taqwa College (pictured) in Truganina in the city’s west may have been infectious in the community for a week. The teacher lives with her partner in the Hobsons Bay area, he has also tested positive along with two of his family members

The large group of protesters can be seen making their way through the streets of Melbourne's CBD

The large group of protesters can be seen making their way through the streets of Melbourne's CBD

The large group of protesters can be seen making their way through the streets of Melbourne’s CBD

The teacher, who lives in the Hobsons Bay area and works at Al-Taqwa College in Truganina in the city’s west was diagnosed on Wednesday and may have been infectious in the community and the school for a week.

The teacher’s partner, who lives with her, has also tested positive. He works in Caroline Springs and is plays for local Australian Rules club Newport. He played a match on July 31 against West Footscray at Shorten Reserve and members of both teams have been instructed to get tested and isolate.

Two of his family members, who do not live with the couple, returned positive tests today.

A man who lives in the Maribrynong local government area and works at a warehouse in the western suburb of Derrimut is the second new positive case with an unknown source.

Mr Andrews warned on Thursday that his ‘government’s priority is to avoid what’s going on in Sydney’, where Delta variant case numbers continue to rise.

COVID EXPOSURE SITES IN MELBOURNE

SITES ADDED AUGUST 5 

Truganina  

Al-Taqwa College

02/08/2021 8:30am – 5:00pm Case attended venue 

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure includes all staff, students, families and visitors 

Truganina

Al-Taqwa College 

03/08/2021 8:30am – 5:00pm Case attended venue

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure includes all staff, students, families and visitors  

Truganina  

Al-Taqwa College 

04/08/2021 8:30am – 5:00pm Case attended venue 

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure includes all staff, students, families and visitors  

Altona North

Aldi – Millers Junction Village  

04/08/2021 3:00pm – 4:30pm Case attended venue 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result   

Altona North 

Bayfit Leisure Centre

02/08/2021 9:00am – 10:30am Case attended venue

Tier 1  – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure   

Laverton North 

Poultry Palace

02/08/2021 10:30am – 11:20am Case attended venue

Tier 1  – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure   

Caroline Springs 

Spectacle Hub – CS Square 

27/07/2021 9:45am – 3:30pm Case attended venue 

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure

Caroline Springs 

Spectacle Hub – CS Square 

28/07/2021 9:00am – 5:30pm Case attended venue

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure

Caroline Springs 

Male Toilets next to Aldi (CS Square Centre) 

03/08/2021 9:00am – 5:30pm Case attended venue

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result  

Caroline Springs 

Male Toilets next to Aldi (CS Square Centre)

02/08/2021 9:00am – 5:30pm Case attended venue

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result

Caroline Springs 

Male Toilets next to Aldi (CS Square Centre) 

30/07/2021 9:00am – 6:30pm Case attended venue

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result

Altona North  

Pharmacy 4 Less 

31/07/2021 10:30am – 11:00am Case attended venue 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result   

Caroline Springs

Da Barber House – CS Square 

30/07/2021 5:45pm – 7:00pm Case attended venue 

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure  

Altona North

Wolf Cafe & Eatery  

01/08/2021 9:30am – 10:45am Case attended venue 

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure

Altona North

Caltex Woolworths Altona North 

31/07/2021 11:00am – 11:35am Case attended venue 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Spotswood

Elite Sports Performance Gym 

03/08/2021 6:50am – 8:20am Case attended venue 

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure

Altona North 

Elm Rd Family Clinic  

31/07/2021 10:00am – 11:00am Case attended venue 

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure

Newport

Star Pizza & Pasta Cafe 

31/07/2021 6:45pm – 7:40pm Case attended venue 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result    

Caroline Springs

NAB Branch ATM – CS Square 

30/07/2021 1:30pm – 2:00pm Case attended venue 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result   

Newport

Newport 1881 Coffee – Pastries 

29/07/2021 9:15am – 9:45am Case attended venue 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result

Caroline Springs

Woolworths Caroline Springs 

29/07/2021 2:00pm – 2:40pm Case attended venue 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Newport

Newport 1881 Coffee – Pastries 

30/07/2021 8:20am – 8:50am Case attended venue 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Caroline Springs

Spectacle Hub – CS Square 

29/07/2021 10:00am – 6:15pm Case attended venue 

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure

Caroline Springs

Spectacle Hub – CS Square 

30/07/2021 9:00am – 6:30pm Case attended venue

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure 

Caroline Springs

Spectacle Hub – CS Square 

02/08/2021 9:00am – 5:30pm Case attended venue 

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure 

Caroline Springs

Spectacle Hub – CS Square 

03/08/2021 9:00am – 5:30pm Case attended venue 

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure

SITES ADDED AUGUST 4 

Truganina

Al-Taqwa College 

28/07/2021 8:30am – 5:00pm Case attended venue   

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure – includes all staff, students, families and visitors. 

Truganina 

 Truganina Al-Taqwa College

02/08/2021 8:30am – 5:00pm Case attended venue 

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure includes all staff, students, families and visitors 

 Truganina   

 Al-Taqwa College 

29/07/2021 8:30am – 5:00pm Case attended venue

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure  includes all staff, students, families and visitors.

Truganina

Al-Taqwa College 

30/07/2021 8:30am – 5:00pm Case attended venue

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure – includes all staff, students, families and visitors.

Yarraville

Coles (Yarraville) 

29/07/2021 4:30pm – 5:30pm Case attended venue 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

SITE ADDED JULY 31 

Altona North

Body Fit Training Altona North 

28/07/2021 5:20am – 7:00am Case attended venue 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

SITES ADDED JULY 30 

Doncaster

Woolworths Doncaster – Devon Plaza 

28/07/2021 10:20am – 11:25am Case attended venue 

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure 

Hawthorn

Balmoral Apartment Complex Hawthorn (Robinson Road Building) 

21/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm 

NOTE: Some individuals may be required to quarantine for 14 days and should follow the advice provided by the department. 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Hawthorn

Balmoral Apartment Complex Hawthorn (Robinson Road Building) 

22/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm NOTE: Some individuals may be required to quarantine for 14 days and should follow the advice provided by the department. 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Hawthorn

Balmoral Apartment Complex Hawthorn (Robinson Road Building) 

23/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm NOTE: Some individuals may be required to quarantine for 14 days and should follow the advice provided by the department. 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

SITES ADDED JULY 28 

Moonee Ponds

Moonee Valley Racecourse Drive-Through Testing Site 

25/07/2021 7:20am – 6:00pm Case attended 

Tier 3 – Monitor for symptoms 

Moonee Ponds

Moonee Valley Racecourse Drive-Through Testing Site 

26/07/2021 7:20am – 6:00pm Case attended 

Tier 3 – Monitor for symptoms 

Frankston South

Chemist Warehouse Baxter 

24/07/2021 3:45pm – 4:15pm Case attended 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Frankston

Ritchies IGA Liquor (Towerhill) 

24/07/2021 4:10pm – 4:35pm Case attended 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Altona North

Woolworths (Borrack Square) 

24/07/2021 5:15pm – 6:30pm Case attended 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Yarraville

7-Eleven (Yarraville) 

25/07/2021 7:05am – 7:50am Case attended 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result   

Frankston

Karingal Hub Shopping Centre 

24/07/2021 11:45am – 12:40pm Case attended 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Frankston

Coles Supermarket (Karingal Hub Shopping Centre) 

24/07/2021 11:45am – 12:40pm Case attended 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Frankston South

United Petroleum Baxter 

26/07/2021 7:15am – 7:30am Case attended 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

SITE ADDED JULY 24 

Hawthorn

H Hawthorn Apartment Complex 

22/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm Case attended 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

SITES ADDED JULY 23 

Docklands

LaCrosse Building 

21/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm – Case attended venue

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure 

Docklands

LaCrosse Building 

22/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm –  Case attended venue

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure 

Docklands

LaCrosse Building 

23/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm – Case attended venue

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure 

Hawthorn

Balmoral Apartment Complex Hawthorn (Riversdale Road Building & Inverleith Road Building) 

21/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm Case attended venue 

Tier 3 – Monitor for symptoms 

Hawthorn

Balmoral Apartment Complex Hawthorn (Riversdale Road Building & Inverleith Road Building) 

22/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm Case attended venue 

Tier 3 – Monitor for symptoms 

Hawthorn

Balmoral Apartment Complex Hawthorn (Riversdale Road Building & Inverleith Road Building) 

23/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm Case attended venue 

Tier 3 – Monitor for symptoms 

Camberwell

Woolworths Camberwell 

21/07/2021 7:07am – 7:45am Case attended venue 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Hawthorn East

Shell Coles Express Auburndale 

21/07/2021 6:30pm – 7:15pm  Case attended venue 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Hawthorn East

Thirsty Camel Bottleshop 

21/07/2021 6:30pm – 7:10pm Case attended venue 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Hawthorn

Renaissance Hawthorn IGA Plus Liquor

21/07/2021 6:55pm – 7:40pm Case attended venue 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Public Transport

Yarra Trams – Route 86 (La Trobe/Spencer Street, Stop 119 to Swanston/Bourke Street, Stop 6)

21/07/2021 2:50pm – 3:20pm Case travelled on public transport

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result  

Yarra Trams – Route 86 (Elizabeth/Bourke Street, Stop 5 to La Trobe/Spencer Street, Stop 119)

21/07/2021 3:35pm – 4:05pm  Case travelled on public transport 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Richmond

ARK Richmond Apartment Complex 

21/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm Case at apartment complex 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Hawthorn

H Hawthorn Apartment Complex 

21/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm Case at apartment complex 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Cremorne

Aparthotel Cremorne Apartment Complex 

21/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm Case at apartment complex 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Cremorne

Aparthotel Cremorne Apartment Complex 

22/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm Case at apartment complex 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Camberwell

Anderson Park Apartment Complex 

20/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm Case at apartment complex 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Camberwell

Anderson Park Apartment Complex 

21/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm Case at apartment complex 

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result

 

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