By Sian Johnson
There have been some combined indicators from the state authorities about what would possibly occur if we shift out of stage 4 restrictions tomorrow, however it’s clear the principles are unlikely to return to final week’s settings right away.
Victoria’s Chief Well being Officer Brett Sutton mentioned on Tuesday surprising optimistic instances of the virus rising may rapidly change issues.
“I am most involved concerning the factor that comes utterly out of left-field, that we all of a sudden see a group case with out hyperlinks to our recognized instances,” he mentioned.
At first of the week when he was questioned about what would possibly come subsequent if issues continued alongside the identical trajectory, Professor Sutton made reference to comparable quick lockdowns in Perth and Brisbane, the place “they have not gone again to the settings” that have been in place earlier than quarantine breaches.
On Tuesday, the Premier made it clear guidelines can be in place for residence guests and mask-wearing would proceed, even when we moved out of the onerous lockdown.
“We’ll nonetheless need to get examined if now we have signs, we’ll nonetheless need to put on masks in a variety of settings, there’ll nonetheless be limits to the variety of individuals that may come to your property – all these settings which have served us nicely,” Mr Andrews mentioned.
“We’re trying to get again to as near what that resting COVID regular was as we will, however now we have to do it safely.”
Epidemiologist Nancy Baxter, who heads the College of Melbourne’s College of Inhabitants and World Well being, mentioned it might be excellent for contact tracers to have a bit extra time to make sure the virus had not unfold additional.
“I feel they might open up considerably on Wednesday evening, however not absolutely,” she mentioned.
“So opening up faculties and issues like that however not growing the variety of individuals you’ll be able to have at your property to fifteen.”