Snap lockdown due to end soon

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Asked what milestone would need to be reached for the lockdown to lift, Mr Andrews said it would depend on the circumstances of each case, not just the overall number of active cases.

The growing cluster sparked a five-day lockdown from Friday at midnight in an effort to contain the spread of the more infectious United Kingdom coronavirus variant carried by the new cases. "Those essential to the delivery of the event will be on site".

The harsh restrictions which dominated Melbourne's second-wave lockdown are now in force across the whole state, meaning Victorians can not leave their homes except for the four main reasons of shopping for essential supplies, care and caregiving, limited exercise and essential work.

Premier Daniel Andrews this morning said the woman had been at a function venue on Sydney Road in Coburg, which has been linked to a number of other positive cases.

"The numbers are pleasing and I think we are well placed, however, I have never been one to make bold predictions", he said.

The function was also attended by a Holiday Inn hotel quarantine worker who didn't know she was infectious at the time, first testing positive on February 10.

"We have dealt with these before, got on top of them before", Mr Morrison told reporters.

Mr Morrison said he understood Melburnians did not want to endure another long lockdown.

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Tennis fans will be locked out of the Australian Open from 11:59 p.m. local time Friday (7:59 a.m. ET) as the state of Victoria prepares for a five-day lockdown amid a growing COVID-19 cluster in the city's outer suburbs.

Australia's second-most populous state, Victoria, reported two new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection on Sunday, day two of a snap lockdown as authorities scrambled to curb the spread of the highly infectious United Kingdom variant of the disease. "These are promising results but the more detective work you do, the more people that come into focus", he said.

"We're hoping that all of those would occur in people that have already been identified, already been quarantined and would not generate any more exposure sites", he said.

The COVID-19 death toll remained at 4,636.

"They've been doing this all year", Tiley told reporters at Melbourne Park.

The Premier said these most recent cases confirmed the importance of Victoria's "circuit breaker" lockdown, as they were not part of the primary or secondary rings connected to the outbreak.

"Rod Laver Arena will have incredible atmosphere, not that different to the atmosphere we've seen at all the Opens in the years past". Nonetheless, it is a blow to the tournament, which had been operating with a limit of 30,000 fans per day, organised around three zones to ensure that social distancing regulations were followed.

"It will not be the same ... but it will be the most significant global event with crowds that the world has seen in many, many months".

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