Mildura is one of 27 Local Government Areas in Victoria with zero active cases, but the State Government has continued to place it in the same bracket as major centres such as Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong, meaning it will only see a slight easing of lockdown restrictions from next Sunday.
Australia will receive the first doses of an AstraZeneca and Oxford University Covid-19 vaccine next January if trials prove successful, after Canberra agreed on a deal to purchase a second potential vaccine, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to say tomorrow. "If we were to, we would lose control very quickly", he told a televised media conference.
"We would all like to open up as quickly as possible".
People living alone will also be able to nominate a friend or family member who can visit, while two hours of daily exercise will be allowed, including "social interactions" such picnics in parks or reading books at the beach.More news: Mosquitoes in Chatham test positive for West Nile Virus
Victoria, Australia's second most populous state, has been the epicentre of a second wave of the coronavirus, now accounting for about 75 per cent of the country's 26,282 cases and 90 per cent of its 753 deaths.
The state on Sunday reported 63 new Covid-19 infections and five deaths, down from a peak of 725 new cases on August 5.
Hospitality firms won't be allowed to open until October 26, and only if the daily average is less than five new cases state-wide, and less than five cases from unknown sources over the previous 14 days. Otherwise you just begin a third wave. After Sept 28, if infection rates have dropped to between 30 and 50 for 14 days, childcare, construction sites, manufacturing plants and warehouses will go back to normal.
The last step will come into effect from November 23, if Victoria goes 14 days with no new cases, allowing public gatherings up to 50 people and 20 home visitors at a time.More news: Jadeveon Clowney Expected To Sign With Titans
"I know people are disappointed".
A 5km travel limit and night time curfew was imposed while shops and businesses were closed.
Ms Carnell said the Victorian government needed to step up and pick up some of the more prohibitive costs such as break lease fees, because "its not the business" fault that they can't open, it's the government's'. Melburnians will have to wait a bit longer than regional Victorians before an easing of curfews and restrictions on leaving the house.
"Keeping Stage 4 restrictions until case numbers are low enough to safely reopen will enable all Victorians to get back to COVID-normal, faster", the modelling said.More news: Trump calls on Iran to not execute wrestling star Navid Afkari