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Regional Victorian city of Ballarat to enter lockdown with Shepparton to emerge

Victoria’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrews acknowledged Victoria’s “mixed news.”

“That’s great news for Shepparton, not so great for the people of Ballarat,” he told reporters in Melbourne.

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“Allowing escape in parts of Victoria poses a threat and risk to Victoria as a whole. It cannot be achieved.

“Sepparton shows that it can block, unite, support and provide basic control over the outbreak.”

Residents of Ballarat must comply with a stay-at-home order for only five reasons to leave the home, visitors to the home are banned and a five-kilometer travel limit applies.

After Victoria recorded 423 new coronavirus cases and two deaths on Wednesday, the total number of active infections exceeded 4,000.

Five cases occurred in the areas of Ballarat and Geelong.

Of the new cases, 149 are associated with known outbreaks and the remaining 274 sources are under investigation.

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Two deaths were also reported, a man in his 40s from Whittlesea and a man in his 70s from Wyndham, bringing the current casualties to eight.

It is not yet known if one of the dead was a 46-year-old man who worked at the Serco Call Center in Mill Park.

Martin Bright became infected with COVID-19 after a workplace outbreak died in a hospital on Monday, according to the Australian Service Coalition.

The union remembered Mr Bright as a “dedicated ASU member, father, and many friends,” and said his family encouraged everyone to be vaccinated “as soon as possible.”

According to Facebook, it’s unclear if he was vaccinated, but he booked a Pfizer vaccine in September.

Victorian people may be given more freedom from Friday, with an additional hour of exercise and table travel after 70% of qualified individuals receive the first COVID-19 dose. The limit will be increased.

Andrews confirmed that the state roadmap from the blockade will be announced on Sunday.

The roadmap outlining the limits up to November relies on Burnet’s Lab modeling of vaccination and hospitalization rates.

However, opposition leader Matthew Guy has criticized the government for “stringing the community for another week.”

He called for a curfew from 9 pm to 5 am, an immediate end to family outdoor meetings, and the return of grades 11 and 12 for the start of the fourth semester.

In the 24 hours until Wednesday morning, 54,649 tests were processed and 41,856 Victorians were vaccinated at the state hub. There are currently 4,038 active cases in the state.

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