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Seven new coronavirus cases recorded in Victoria as further lifting of restrictions is delayed

The easing of coronavirus restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne will be delayed while health authorities await further test results from the city’s northern outbreak.

“We had hoped today to be able to announce that metropolitan Melbourne would take significant steps … around retail, hospitality and a whole range of other important next steps,” Premier Daniel Andrews said at a Sunday morning press conference.

“We are not in a position to do that today because we have at least 1000 test results from that northern metropolitan outbreak that are in the labs. We will get those today, probably the balance of them tomorrow, and there will be additional testing conducted throughout the day.”

Mr Andrews stressed this is “not a setback”, but rather a “cautious phase” as authorities wait for additional test results.

“It is appropriate just to be doubly sure that there is not more virus out there in the northern suburbs then we think,” he said.

“I know it’s very frustrating, I know people were keen to have a long and detailed list of changes to the rules. It is not appropriate for us to do that now.

“Victorians have given too much, done too much, sacrificed too much to make a decision now.”

The announcement comes as Victoria on Sunday reported seven new coronavirus cases and no deaths, keeping the state toll at 817 and the national toll at 905.

It was reported that the all-important two-week rolling case average is at 4.6 for Melbourne, below the 5 that Victorian authorities have long wanted to trigger the next step out of lockdowns.

The regional average is at 0.2 while there are nine cases with an unknown source in Melbourne.

The premier said tens of thousands of tests needed to be processed and the results taken into account before any decisions were made.

The premier indicated health authorities would not lock down the affected suburbs as had been done in the past but rather may delay the easing of restrictions for the whole city.

About 800 residents in Melbourne’s northern suburbs have already been isolating because of the East Preston Islamic College outbreak, which began when a family supposed to be isolating mistakenly sent a child back to school.

A general view of the East Preston Islamic College in Melbourne.

A general view of the East Preston Islamic College in Melbourne.


But Mr Andrews disputed media reports that the family, and others in the area for whom English is a second language, were not provided the translation support they needed.

“The notion that whenever something happens that ought not to happen, that is somehow a fundamental deficiency in our public health response is not fair,” he said.

More than 20,000 warnings have been sent via text and email to taxi and Uber drivers who might have visited the area, asking they go and get tested.

Health workers have been doorknocking homes and new drive-through testing sites are operating across three council areas in the northern region.

Further north, a number of secondary contacts at Sirius College in Broadmeadows and Ilim College are being tested after they were linked to separate close contacts of a confirmed case.

At present, Melbourne residents are allowed to travel up to 25km from home. They cannot have visitors to their home unless for caregiving.

On-site hospitality and non-essential retailers remain closed.

Outdoor gatherings are capped at 10 people from two households and face masks must be worn in public.

– Additional reporting by AAP.

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