Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today he was confident a coronavirus flare-up in Sydney, the country's biggest city, was under control but acknowledged a larger spike in cases in Melbourne remained a challenge.
Australian Defence Force and health officials are door-knocking every positive COVID-19 case in the state but have found one in four people not at home.
As greater Melbourne passed the halfway point of a lockdown initially meant to last six weeks, Premier Daniel Andrews said the state would be stuck in "limbo" unless it could cut the infection rate.
Of the 5200 claims, 4200 have already been paid the lump sum of $300, with a total cost to the Victorian government of $1.26 million.
'In level four lockdown, most critically, is that the only people that go to work are those for essential services, otherwise you reach a critical point'. In addition, residents around the city of Geelong will not be allowed to have visitors in their homes beginning late Thursday. "That's where the transmission is".
Speaking this morning, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews again indicated COVID-19 transmission is occurring in intimate settings, such as people's homes. "One family to another".
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said Friday that over the next two days public health experts would analyze trends in the data and warned they may recommend more stringent measures.
Local authorities in Victoria have made it mandatory to wear face masks from coming Sunday night.
Interestingly, masks will now be compulsory in areas where pubs and cafes are still open for dining in. "If you are seated you do not need to have a mask on, so if you are eating or drinking".
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"For heavens sake, if you have got it, you have to stay at home", Andrews said.
"That still gives us reason for, I think, encouragement in New South Wales, but not reason for complacency", he said.
Now there are a total of 913 active cases in aged-care facilities and they are considered one of the significant sources of the current outbreak.
The 13 new deaths takes the state's death toll to 105.
Trauer said staff at elderly care facilities might be responsible for the outbreaks there.
Three other people they had close contact with have also been placed in isolation.
'This is a very light lockdown, and, probably most critically, people are still going to work which the premier admits is actually still a significant source of transfer of the virus, ' Dr Moy said.
The number of cases has continued to surge despite Melbourne being in lockdown for three weeks.
More reports have emerged of bodies being left in beds for hours, relatives having to say their final farewells to parents and grandparents over the phone, or not even getting the chance to say goodbye.