Spike in Covid-19 cases in Australias Victoria stalls sports restart

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"People are desperate for this to be over, no one more than me, but it isn't and pretending won't get us to the other side".

But Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk warned that strict measures could be reinstated if other states experience break-out coronavirus clusters such as the current outbreak in Victoria, which recorded another 64 cases overnight.

Residents of those suburbs will be allowed to leave the house for four reasons: shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise, and for study or work - but only if you can not do so from home.

"Victoria Police will be actively - actively - enforcing these suburban lockdown, this stay-at-home order", Andrews said.

Pubs, restaurants and cafes will be allowed to open to takeaway and delivery only.

All affected businesses will be given a A$5000 ($5354) grant or a payroll tax refund.

Mr Andrews said nearly 17,500 tests were performed in the hot spot areas on Monday, bringing the total number of tests in the past three days to more than 93,000.

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Officials in Australia are locking down specific areas around the country in order to combat the surging number of new COVID-19 cases.

The Victorian state government requested all flights be diverted to other states to prevent the risk of imported cases.

"I'll have conversations with other state leaders to explain that and to thank them in advance for the extra load that they will carry", Andrews said.

"There will only be four reasons that you are permitted to leave your house and only if you really have to", Andrews said.

The reversal is at odds with moves taken by neighboring South Australia and the northern state of Queensland which both unveiled plans to reopen internal borders to the rest of the country except Victoria, citing its infection numbers.

South Australia premier Steven Marshall has thrown another spanner in the works for the AFL after announcing teams coming into the state from Victoria would be required to isolate for 14 days.

Thirteen of the new cases have been linked to known outbreaks and 20 have been identified through routine testing, while 31 cases remain under investigation.

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