Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews announced the disheartening number of new infections at 275 on Monday, including the death of a woman, aged 80. The state’s death tally is now at 39.
“There is hope going into today that the figures stabilise, that they don’t go beyond the 300 or 400 that we have seen in two of the last three days,” Premier Andrews said.
As the number of Victorians in hospital rose to 147, and 31 in intensive care, rules have been tightened with people in locked-down Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire required to wear face masks from 11.59pm on Wednesday.
People are only allowed to leave their homes for four reasons: exercise, work, medical care, and to buy essentials.
For Greeks, that means adjusting to essential items within their own neighbourhoods. A man was recently caught travelling 38km from Frankston to Oakleigh in order to shop at his favourite Greek supermarket. A Nine News journalist asked him why he didn’t stay in Frankston, and he said that stage three COVID-19 restrictions would not stop him.
“No one is going to stop me for coming up here, there’s no one up here,” the man said.
“I always come up here to do my shopping, I always do the Greek shopping because I’m Greek.”
The reporter asked: “Are you joking?”
The man added that he wears a mask, however commenters on Reddit slammed the man when the video was posted on the site.
But commenters on the Reddit post slammed the man for travelling so far during the city’s coronavirus second wave.