On Wednesday evening 10 Melbourne postcodes went back into stage-three lockdown due to localised coronavirus outbreaks.
Earlier today Premier Daniel Andrews announced that a further two postcodes have been added to the list. From 11.59pm tonight, residents in 3031 (Flemington and Kensington) and 3051 (North Melbourne) will only be allowed to leave their homes for four reasons: to exercise, shop for food or essential supplies, seek or give medical care, work or study.
“Today’s numbers represent the second-biggest increase in confirmed case since this began – and the biggest jump since 28 March,” the premier said. “That means the need for targeted, swift action is stronger than ever before.”
A key reason for the lockdown includes a large cluster of infections in public housing estates in Flemington and North Melbourne – 23 cases spread between 12 households. The nine relevant buildings have been placed in an unprecedented “hard” lockdown, meaning residents cannot leave their homes for any reason. Every person living in the nine buildings will be tested for coronavirus in subsequent days.
“Operation Benessere will be supported by onsite police and PSOs, ensuring safety, compliance and security,” Andrews said. “Residents will be supported with onsite clinical care, as well as food delivery and care packages. I know this is big. And I know this is unprecedented. But as always with this thing, an unprecedented challenge requires unprecedented action.
“I understand people are tired. They’re frustrated too. But just as we drove down this virus before, we must do it again.”
The full list of suburbs in stage-three lockdown is now as follows:
3012: Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray
3021: Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans
3031: Flemington, Kensington
3032: Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore
3038: Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens
3042: Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie
3046: Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park
3047: Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana
3051: North Melbourne
3055: Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale, Moreland West
3064: Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickelham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo