Victoria is tipped to announce nearly 400 new COVID-19 cases

Victoria to announce nearly 400 new coronavirus cases with a harsher lockdown imminent – as expert warns the coronavirus capital will face 1,000 infections a day

  • Victoria tipped to announce nearly 400 new coronavirus cases on Saturday
  • New modelling also shows COVID-19 cases are doubling every 16 days
  • Expert Deborah Cromer said the virus was not contained and ‘not under control’
  • According to figures Victoria could record 1,000 new daily cases by mid-August 

Victoria is tipped to record nearly 400 new coronavirus cases with possibly harsher lockdowns looming on the horizon. 

The new figure will be announced later on Saturday as new modelling shows COVID-19 cases are doubling every 16 days in the state with worrying predictions as many as 1,000 daily cases could be recorded by mid-August. 

Only on Thursday, Victoria recorded the highest ever daily spike of COVID-19 cases in the country with 723 cases and 13 deaths.

University of NSW’s Kirby Institute mathematical biologist Deborah Cromer admitted to The Australian the virus had not been contained. 

‘I would have to say it is not under control at this point.’ 

Victoria is tipped to announce nearly 400 new coronavirus cases with harsher lockdowns potentially on the horizon (pictured, a clinical waste removal personnel at St Basil's Homes for the Aged in Fawkner, Melbourne)

Victoria is tipped to announce nearly 400 new coronavirus cases with harsher lockdowns potentially on the horizon (pictured, a clinical waste removal personnel at St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner, Melbourne)

New modelling shows COVID-19 cases are doubling every 16 days in the state with worrying predictions as many as 1,000 cases could be recorded by mid-August (pictured, a clinical waste removal personnel at St Basil's Homes for the Aged in Fawkner, Melbourne)

New modelling shows COVID-19 cases are doubling every 16 days in the state with worrying predictions as many as 1,000 cases could be recorded by mid-August (pictured, a clinical waste removal personnel at St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner, Melbourne)

Premier Daniel Andrews said on Friday has said he cannot lift lockdown, which is set to end in mid-August, in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire when COVID-19 cases are so high

Premier Daniel Andrews said on Friday has said he cannot lift lockdown, which is set to end in mid-August, in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire when COVID-19 cases are so high

According to the projection, 723 new cases could be recorded next Friday, 899 new cases marked on the following Wednesday and 1,118 cases tallied the Monday afterwards.  

There are 5743 active cases and Victoria’s total deaths now number 113, bringing the national figure to 197.

The postcode with the most active cases is 3029 with 346 cases across Hoppers Crossing, Tarneit and Truganina in Melbourne’s west. 

Health officials are also weighing up whether stay-at-home orders in place across Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire are doing enough.

Experts are working over the weekend to analyse infection data from the first half of Victoria’s six-week lockdown.

The state’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton confirmed a New Zealand-style lockdown, which saw all businesses except for essential services closed, was being explored.

Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are about halfway through stage three restrictions which are due to end in mid-August.

‘We cannot open up with these numbers, we cannot open up with significantly less than these numbers,’ Premier Daniel Andrews said on Friday.

His warning came after it was revealed that an alarming number of Victorians with COVID-19 are not staying home, with more than 100 referred to police.  

The state's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton confirmed a New Zealand-style lockdown, which saw all businesses except for essential services closed, was being explored (pictured, clinical waste is disposed at Epping Gardens Aged Care Facility in Epping, Melbourne)

The state’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton confirmed a New Zealand-style lockdown, which saw all businesses except for essential services closed, was being explored (pictured, clinical waste is disposed at Epping Gardens Aged Care Facility in Epping, Melbourne)

Military personnel patrol the Epping Gardens Aged Care Facility in Epping, Melbourne

Military personnel patrol the Epping Gardens Aged Care Facility in Epping, Melbourne

Australian Defence Force personnel and public health officials visited more than 500 homes of positive cases on Thursday, but one in four were not there.

Mr Andrews said there was no excuse for people who have tested positive not to isolate.

Opposition leader Michael O’Brien said there should be harsher punishments for breaching isolation rules such as monitoring bracelets and higher fines.  

Muslims marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha over coming days have been encouraged to socially distance and wear masks.

‘I just want to encourage everyone to make positive decisions when it comes to how they choose to celebrate their faith over this important time for that community,’ Prime Minister Scott Morrison told 2GB radio.

Opposition leader Michael O'Brien said there should be harsher punishments for breaching isolation rules such as monitoring bracelets and higher fines (pictured, a resident is taken into an ambulance at St Basil's Homes for the Aged in Fawkner, Melbourne)

Opposition leader Michael O’Brien said there should be harsher punishments for breaching isolation rules such as monitoring bracelets and higher fines (pictured, a resident is taken into an ambulance at St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner, Melbourne)

Melbourne locals wear face masks during a walk along the Morell Bridge

Melbourne locals wear face masks during a walk along the Morell Bridge

A Melbourne local walks past Australian Defence Force personnel

A Melbourne local walks past Australian Defence Force personnel

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