The Victorian deputy premier, James Merlino, has announced the resumption of some coronavirus restrictions in response to a five-case cluster in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.
Four members of the same family from the Whittlesea local government area tested positive to Covid-19 on Monday, 24 May, and a close contact of one of those cases also tested positive.
The five cases have been linked back through genomic testing to a man who tested positive to Covid-19 in Victoria after undergoing hotel quarantine in South Australia, who is believed to have acquired the virus in quarantine.
Merlino said the restrictions would give contact tracers the chance to track down the virus before it spreads further. He also urged anyone eligible for the current phases of the vaccine – everyone over the age of 50 as well as people who work in certain critical industries or have co-morbidities – to get a vaccine.
“There are millions of Victorians eligible to be vaccinated,” he said. “People should not wait. We note that the path through this pandemic is the successful rollout of the Commonwealth’s vaccine program and is an alternative quarantine hub, but there are things that people can do right now.”
That includes following the new restrictions, he said.
From 6pm Tuesday, 25 May, the following rules apply to greater Melbourne: