Melbourne headed for new lockdown

From Domain:

The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald can confirm that Victoria will announce 64 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday.

That number is down from Monday’s 75 cases.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said on Monday that he was worried numbers would go up this week as results from the door-to-door suburban testing blitz in hotspot suburbs come through.

The Victorian government was meeting this morning to discuss local lockdowns. The government is expected to reveal more on that possibility, along with more details on the 64 cases, this afternoon.

SA has abandoned reopening the border. QLD will remain shut to Victorians but open to other states from July 10.

Welcome, Victorians, to your new Chinese economy.


David Llewellyn-Smith
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  1. Vic housing market is gonna get slaughtered, already falling hard and now confidence will be in the toilet and no amount of stockpiled Sorbent will fix that.

      • Mining BoganMEMBER

        How come Tarnindians never have decent outdoorsy gear on gumtree? Always cars and baby stuff. My life doesn’t profit from that rubbish.

        • Ukraine fnMEMBER

          No room on the block, 380sqm with 4 bedrooms on it just enough room in the back yard to swing a turban no room for outdoorsy gear.

          • Charles MartinMEMBER

            This. A mate of mine put a deposit on a block up in Marsden Park in Sydney that was approx. 450sqm from memory. He thought it would be fine for a house with a good sized backyard. He changed his mind when we roughly pegged out the footprint of the house on a similar sized block. He cancelled his deposit the next day. This block was going to cost him approx. 500k. Madness.

          • Yep. Rule of thumb: when agent calls a 400sqm block “generous” (which they always do) – run for the hills. Before you do, shoot the agent – once you are a safe distance away so you won’t be hit by the flying slime.

          • Jumping jack flash

            400 sqm would probably fit 4 tiny homes on it and have room for turban swinging galore.

    • Double digit quarterly falls here we come!

      Give it a couple of more months like this, and most bars and restaurants in Melbourne will throw in the towel and end their lease never to re-open at the same time that they are getting back to something a bit like normal in Perth and Brisbane.

      Not much point living somewhere as expensive as Melbourne if it has no hospitality or entertainment compared to cheaper places.

      • Well over 6 months ago, a large number of places along the entire length of Chapel Street (Melbourne) had already been vacated and were up for lease. I expect that COVID19 will put a few more nails in the coffin.

    • A2
      It’s an absolute disaster in Melb
      You can’t imagine how bad our economy is
      The trap door is opening up on property now

  2. The fed broke it. Now, they own it.MEMBER

    There’s always one poor performer on every project I’ve worked on that lets the team down. This is no different. Every other state could manage Hotel quarantine except Victoria.

    • Nope. Hotel quarantine is fundamentally flawed. Because people are not careful enough, and those in quarantine have no real incentive to be careful, in fact the opposite.

      It will break in several states, just give it time.

      • That’s why some states are monitoring and enforcing the hotel lockdown – so there is a way to make it work and it requires you to base your activity on your exact presumption – the buggers can’t be trusted. Vic just couldn’t do this because it would somehow be unfair FFS.

        • Agreed, it can work if enforced by tough and suspicious people. I tend to think part of the problem is hotel staff aren’t that careful either. But mostly those in quarantine will sneak out / bribe / etc.

        • I’d like to know which two bit piece of sh1t low ball tenderer with a Kangaroo Is address the Vic Government chose.

        • Segregate Victoria

          Hotel quarantine should be enforced and secured by the military.

          Victoria has cost their economy billions because the security guards getting $23 per hour didn’t follow the rules.

      • Torchwood1979

        If we don’t have similar outbreaks in other states before Christmas I’ll be very surprised. It only takes one infected person and the level of complacency up here in sunny QLD is growing by the week.

    • It’s so frustrating having a poor performer on the team. The only solution is to become the poor performer, and the let the people who are usually carried carry you for a while.

  3. Torchwood1979

    I’ll just sit here in my comfy Brisbane home, drink XXXX with my mates and point and laugh at Victorians because we know it can’t happen here. Ha ha ha

    • DominicMEMBER

      You were going so well till the XXXX bit. Best not to mention that. And ‘craft’ lagers.

  4. mikef179MEMBER

    So a Victorian can go to NSW and then from there to Qld?

    I’m happy to sit here in Perth closed off from the rest of the country, but opening more and more internally and barely even thinking about coronavirus.

      • Knuckles McGintyMEMBER

        Have to be out of Victoria for 14 days and sign a declaration to that effect, at the Queensland border. So, have a leisurely meander through NSW on your way to the Sunshine State should cut it!

        • DominicMEMBER

          Even better, word has it that QLD’rs can come and go as they please. I know someone who just drove down to the ACT from QLD to see their new grandson, stayed a few days, and drove straight back. No dramas either way – had to show her driver’s licence on re-entry. Noice!

  5. Peter SMEMBER

    What is so disappointing for the tourist and airline industries as well as so many other jobs, is that the borders were about to come down in August. A very few careless and ignorant people in Victoria have effectively stymied any hope of recovery for another 4-6 months, keeping hundreds of thousands of Australians out of the workforce.

      • Peter SMEMBER

        Sadly, that is true, but the virus has been scrapped out of WA and Tassie for instance. In Vic, more care is needed to avoid the spike that has happened.

    • billygoatMEMBER

      Why do people buy the s h*t sandwich served by the tele and politics.
      More holes in the corona event than a slice of Swiss cheese.
      only source of bat flu is the tele not woo ham province

      • As far as I’m aware, Mr Cannon-Ball’s area of expertise is (at least nominally) engineering collaboration tools like Jira, yet like so many of his ilk he seems to have an opinion on every damn subject under the sun outside his (nominal) field, and he further somehow thinks we should all collectively bow down before his incredible immenseness because he obviously Knows Everything About Everything and we need to Shut Up and Listen To Him For Our Own Good.

        I wonder what it would take for him to get the message that everybody else in the country thinks he’s an arrogant loudmouthed c0ckhole, his opinions (outside of engineering collaboration tools) are worthless and stupid and we all wish he would just fck off. Any ideas?

        • drsmithyMEMBER

          Which of his ideas about investment in renewable energy, energy storage, energy-efficient housing, advanced manufacturing techniques, electrified transport infrastructure do you disagree with, and why ?

          • Everything because of the lack of contribution vis a vis tax payment.
            Wants to enjoy the fruits of a developed economy while not paying a fair share.
            Or are we all for aggressive corporate tax minimisation now?

        • blacktwin997MEMBER

          I believe that the actual power and misguided self-belief resides in his sentient man bun. Lop that sucker off and he’ll be as helpless as a Sharepoint administrator on Labour day!

          Either way that cnut should FRO and just be happy that he’s duped a gullible public into listening to his haphazard warblings upon subjects as varied as he is unqualified to comment upon.

        • DominicMEMBER

          There are plenty like him — JK Rowling, for instance. A billionaire writer of fantasy books and (until recently) a poster-child for progressivism. The more money you have, the more your opinions (on just about anything) matter.

    • Ronin8317MEMBER

      Should go all CCP : board up the windows and weld shut the doors for everyone living the ‘hotspot’ suburbs.

      • DominicMEMBER

        Welding brown people into their homes isn’t the done thing these days. Tends to attract added attention.

      • He was pretty quick to call in the Army, maybe a suggestion from his “advisors”

  6. the funny thing is … Victorian government measures were the most strict and the longest lasting while number of cases per million was quite low
    and at the end they “failed” to suppress the virus …

  7. on a positive side Victoria is likely to build herd immunity first and get over this glorified common cold before other states …

    look what is happening in Europe at the moment, almost all successful countries are seeing start of the second wave … Italy, Spain, UK, … have not to worry about that

    • Bwaaaaahahahah

      Yes if they’re really lucky they’ll be like the US within a few months and they will be through this by 2022! Won’t that be awesome. Not.

      Fck off Doc-not-a-doc.

      • if they are lucky they’ll be like Belgium, parts of Spain, UK or Italy … and be over it in few months without the fear of second wave

        • That’s lucky is it?

          And if they are unlucky they’ll be like Perth? No virus. No worries?

          Yeah what an awful position to be in. Much rather have mass deaths and a brutal recession like in Europe. Agreed, let the virus rip.

          • just wait for Perth to get its “share” unless they want to stay fully isolated from the rest of the world forever (no flights or interstate travel)
            even than, if isolated forever, they can expect virus to get in, if no other way than via bio-terrorism

          • Yeah … nah … think we might be smarter to wait for some medical advances rather than just leaping into the crocodile enclosure right now on your say-so Doc.

          • bolstroodMEMBER

            Arrow , can you tell me what is wrong with this ;
            10,000,000 cases of CV world wide.
            500,000 deaths ww
            = 1 in 20 cases dies
            that is 5% death rate.

          • Bolstrood I’m not even sure if you are suggesting a 5% death rate is a lot, or not a lot?

          • Ajaydee73MEMBER

            The number of actual cases is 10-20 higher than the tested/confirmed cases. The death rate is well below 1%. Eg the number of estimated cases in the US a week or so ago was 20 million or more. With deaths at the time of 120,000, the death rate is 0.6% or less. The death rate appears to be falling as well. Perhaps from better treatment, perhaps from a weakening virus (an overly fatal virus won’t spread as well if it kills the host too fast).

          • “ The number of actual cases is 10-20 higher than the tested/confirmed cases. “

            Ah yep. Some made up numbers. Great tactic. Very credible.

          • bolstroodMEMBER

            Ithink 5% is a lot.
            Nothing like the Black Death of course, but worrying none the less.

        • Jumping jack flash

          It depends on what strain it is doesnt it? Theres a couple out there now. More to come.


      Hey aren’t you the bloke who said covid was gonna kill less than SARS. Some genius forecasting, got any stock tips?

    • Common cold! Yeah right, why is it some Australia’s think they know better than the shear mass of international research etc etc

      You are bad doctor espousing this tin foil conspiracy BS.

    • billygoatMEMBER

      Herd immunity …. more like Heard immunity. Folk are so quick to parrot & regurgitate everything they hear in ‘the socials’ MSM radio, TV, magazines, books & movies. My favourite is the world wide phenomena of newly minted COVID corona experts and epidemiologists who flooded the world ‘stage’ even though vir a$$ is brand new thing – less than 12 months in existence.
      Did somebody say Charlatans???

  8. SnappedUpSavvyMEMBER

    what type of suburbs are these in hellbourne: The Melbourne suburbs with the highest number of new cases are Broadmeadows, Fawkner and Auburnvale.

      • SnappedUpSavvyMEMBER

        ok, didn’t know if they were like Sydney where the well healed suburbs are worst

      • Mining BoganMEMBER

        There will be trouble in these suburbs over the next month when the wallopers start pulling over WuFlu recalcitrants. There’s a small percentage that have genuine hostility towards being questioned about their actions.

        Betcha there will be a punch-on with police within a week.

        • The immediate response in the staff room to Dan saying the police would be responsible for enforcing this was ‘the poor bastards’

    • blacktwin997MEMBER

      These suburbs have quite the high concentration of Corollas of Peace if that’s any help.

        • blacktwin997MEMBER

          Spot on both of you 🙂

          I speak from experience living in Pascoe Vale for some years with attendant trips to Broadmeadows Bunnings, police station, courts, Marlows and Big W as well as test driving a 1992 Land Cruiser owned by Turks out Dallas way, home of the Burqarolla.

    • It’s like Punchbowl, Lakemba and Blacktown in Sydney. Where a specific cohort of Vib4ants live.

  9. cuturhairMEMBER

    If memory serves me correctly, this means that 50% of the Macrobusiness team will be in lockdown, right?

    Speaking for myself, thank goodness the bogans of Sunshine West got their act together and avoided the latest sh!tlist.

  10. Ajaydee73MEMBER

    Bring in the Chinese military to weld Victorians into their houses. We must not stop until the state is so bankrupt that it will be begging for One Belt One Road money.

    • DominicMEMBER

      As long as they can’t sell anytime soon and use the proceeds to move up to the great state of QLD I’m all good. 😉

  11. BradleyMEMBER

    I got booted off the Guardian again last week for pointing out how Victoria was the weak link in the chain and how they had better pick a NRL team to follow. The venom I attracted was massive and obviously the moderators come mainly from there. I see this lockdown caused by disrespectful Jimmys as karmic retribution.

  12. BornwildMEMBER

    Will be interesting to see how things go. Lockdowns are bearable when you know everyone is going through the same experience, not when you see people in other parts of the state, other states living it up.

    • darklydrawlMEMBER

      Yeah, that is a good point. I also wonder how they can actually enforce and monitor the movement of people from those postcodes.

      • DominicMEMBER

        Perhaps not right away, but eventually there’ll be serious unrest: a combination of lockdowns and economic decline.

  13. Hadron CollisionMEMBER

    Wasn’t MB decrying QLDs alleged instrangience on borders recently (not DLS)

    Bad judgement
    Evidently not undestanding the epidemiology of covid19

    Qld premiere looking a genius

    • I am GrootMEMBER

      The polls suggest she has had majority support for her stance, though hard to say how successful the Victorians only exclusion from 10 July will be.

    • I’ve been lured to watching sky news snippet of the anti chyna stuff by Hong konger mate who keeps posting it,

      I would say 85% of people here in QLD are satisfied with The premier, the other 15% probably have skin in the game in business / real estate on the coast tourist spots

      Most of the haters prob watch those sky news tards

      • DominicMEMBER

        As a QLD resident I’m feeling pretty cruisy right now, however, it strikes me that, unless there’s a vaccine soon, we’re going to have to take our medicine – or remain with borders shut forever.

  14. 73 today. seems most outside of lockdown burbs. more linked to schools … gonna be hard to convince masses that total lockdown of state worthwhile if hospital numbers dont follow