Australia's Victoria state to return to lockdown

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"The number of positive Covid-19 case numbers in Melbourne continues to rise and was at 34 at 1pm (NZ time) according to Health Victoria", says an MOH spokesperson.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said 218 military personnel were in Victoria helping in pandemic operations and more would be sent if Merlino asked.

When the bubble was suspended on Tuesday, Mr Hipkins said, 'The decision follows the travel bubble framework'.

"The number of locations of interest being announced by Health Victoria is also continuing to rise and there are now 150 exposure sites across Melbourne".

"Anyone who has travelled to New Zealand who has been in the greater Melbourne area since the 20th, last Thursday, is required to isolate, be tested and remain isolated until they receive the test result".

Mr Hipkins urged any Kiwis who had been at the potential hotposts to immediately contact Healthline on 0800 611 116.

People had been told if they travelled they may have to shelter in place, he said.

The Whittlesea area includes the suburbs of Beveridge, Donnybrook, Doreen, Eden Park, Epping, Humevale, Kinglake West, Lalor, Mernda, Mill Park, South Morang, Thomastown, Whittlesea, Wollert, Woodstock and Yan Yean.

At this morning's press conference, Acting Premier James Merlino said there would be five reasons to leave home under the circuit-breaker lockdown.

As first reported by Motorsport.com yesterday, six teams - Walkinshaw Andretti United, Erebus Motorsport, Team 18, Tickford Racing, Kelly Grove Racing and Blanchard Racing Team - are on standby to bolt from Melbourne to help ease concerns over border controls from other states.

Public gatherings will not be allowed.

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His comments come as the Taoiseach said more than 2.5 million doses of Covid vaccine would be administered by the end of Tuesday. Timelines for getting the second vaccine dose are uncertain due to a shortage occasioned by delays by Covax.

The "circuit-breaker" is created to allow contact tracers to get on top of cases, with residents permitted to leave home only for essential reasons including getting vaccinated.

Restaurants, pubs and cafes can only stay open for takeaway.

Chief health officer Brett Sutton has warned Australians to be on alert for further outbreaks during the colder months. And masks must be worn everywhere.

'All of those behaviours are useful to remind ourselves and really try and do that again, especially in the couple of weeks ahead of us'.

People who live alone however will be able to create a "single bubble" with one other person.

Supermarkets, food stores, petrol stations, banks, bottle shops and pharmacies are considered essential, while other retail stores can provide click and collect.

Schools move to remote learning except for emergency workers' children.

· Community support and recreation, accommodation, but there will be some exemptions that apply.

Hotels, clubs, TABs and the casino will be closed, as well as indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, swimmings pools, spas, sauna, indoor and outdoor springs, community venues, drive-in cinemas, amusement parks and arcades.

Aged-care facilities may have no visitors, and visitors in hospitals are only for births or end of life.

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