The situation has turned dire in Victoria, with 484 new COVID-19 infections recorded:
New South Wales recorded 16 new COVID-19 infections.
There are now active cases in Victoria, 96% of the nation’s total:
Victoria has now recorded a whopping 6,773 COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began, with the curve as frightening as ever:
According to SkyNews Political Editor Andrew Clennell, a New Zealand-style stage 4 shutdown is being considered by senior levels of government:
“A federal source has said it would be devastating for the Victorian economy but would benefit the rest of Australia,” Mr Clennell said.
Under the Stage Four restrictions, supermarkets, food banks, pharmacies, liquor stores and corner stores would be the only businesses permitted to remain open.
“Everything else was shut essentially and that is what we’re looking at here,” Mr Clennell said.
“That’s what’s being discussed in the federal government and Victorian government because the numbers are spiralling out of control despite the shutdowns.”