Victoria’s new COVID-19 cases for Monday were at 473, rising from 392 on Sunday.
Despite the rising case numbers, Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews could present a reopening plan for Victoria this week after the state is set to hit the COVID vaccine milestone of 70 per cent. There are currently 40.6 per cent of Victorians fully vaccinated, and 66.2 per cent have received their first dose.
In the past, Premier Andrews had suggested the a minor easing of lockdown would come once the state hit the 70 per cent single dose vaccination rate – expected to come on 17 September. On Sunday, the Premier said he would detail the plan for reopening “in about a week’s time” as businesses are calling for more hope amid the uncertainty of COVID.
“That will give people a sense of schools, hospitality, where they can go, who they can visit, all of those things,” he said.
Minor easing first to be announced is expected to include an easing of the 5km travel limit to 10km.
He did not commit to a Term 4 date for students to return in classrooms as the new Liberal Opposition Leader called for the consideration of “social interaction bubbles” to allow for small gatherings between families in time for the AFL grand final on 25 September.
Rising case numbers
Along with rising case numbers, there are increased exposure sites with four Melbourne childcare centres among the new Tier 1 coronavirus exposure sites identified overnight requiring teachers, children and their families to self-isolate for 14 days.
The four childcare centres are Little Learners Early Education & Kindergarten in South Morang (2, 3, 6 September), Ilim Learning Sanctuary in Glenroy (3, 6-8 September), Yarra Childcare Centre (7am-5pm, 2-3, 6-7 September) and St Catherine’s Early Learning in Toorak (7am-5pm, 6 September).
The outbreak at Fitzroy Community School in North Fitzroy has also sparked growing concern as 30 COVID-19 infections are linked to it.
There will be pop-up hubs set up at schools, council buildings and places of worship across 100 priority postcodes in Victoria as another 417,000 Pfizer and Moderna doses are sent to the state over the next three weeks.
“These new sites have been established in areas with identified vulnerabilities and barriers to access, and – together
with the 70 school pop-up clinics – will ensure all VCE students can get vaccinated during the current blitz,” Victoria’s Health Minister Martin Foley said.
The priority postcodes are 3000 (Melbourne), 3006 (Southban, South Wharf), 3010 (University of Melbourne), 3020 (Albion, Glengala, Sunshine), 3021 (Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans), 3023 (Burnside, Cairlea, Caroline Springs, Deer Park, Ravenhall), 3025 (Altona), 3028 (Altona Meadows, Laverton, Seabrook), 3037 (Calder Hill, Delahey Hillside, Sydenham, Taylors Hill), 3038 (Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens), 3043 (Gladstone Park, Gowanbrae, Tullamarine), 3047 (Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana), 3048 (Coolaroo, Meadow Heights), 3051 (Hotham Hill, North Melbourne), 3053 (Carlton), 3059 (Greenvale), 3060 (Fawkner), 3061 (Campbellfield), 3064 (Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Kalkallo, Mickleham, Roxburgh Park), 3073 (Reservoir), 3074 (Thomastown), 3075 (Lalor), 3076 (Epping), 3082 (Mill Park), 3083 (Bundoora, Kingsbury, La Trobe University), 3086 (La Trobe University), 3116 (Chirnside Park), 3125 (Bennettswood, Burwood, Surrey Hills South), 3128 (Box Hill, Houston, Wattle Park), 3137 (Kilsyth), 3138 (Mooroolbark), 3139 (Beenak, Don Valley, Hoddles Creek, Launching Place, Seville, Wandin East, Wandin North, Woori Yallock, Yellingbo), 3140 (Lilydale), 3151 (Burwood East, Burwood Heights), 3153 (Bayswater), 3155 (Boronia), 3156 (Ferntree Gully, Lysterfield, Mountain Gate, Upper Ferntree Gully), 3168 (Clayton, Notting Hill), 3169 (Clarinda, Clayton South), 3173 (Keysborough), 3174 (Noble Park), 3175 (Bangholme, Dandenong, Dunearn), 3177 (Doveton, Eumemmerring), 3180 (Knoxfield), 3200 (Frankston North, Pines Forest), 3201 (Carrum Downs), 3214(Corio, Norlane, North Shore), 3335 (Bonnie Brook, Grangefields, Plumpton, Rockbank, Thornhill Park), 3337 (Harkness, Kurunjang, Melton, Toolern Vale), 3355 (Lake Gardens, Mitchell Park, Wendouree, Wendouree Village), 3356 (Delacombe, Sebastopol), 3451 (Barkers Creek, Campbells Creek, Chewton, Chewton Bushlands, Faraday, Frystertown, Glenluce, Golden Point, Guildford, Irishtown, McKenzie Hill, Muckleford, Tarilta, Vaughan, Yapeen), 3496 (Cardross, Cullulleraine, Lindsay Point, Meringur, Merrinee, Neds Corner, Red Cliffs, Sunnycliffs, Werrimull), 3498 (Irymple), 3500 (Mildura), 3505 (Birdwoodton, Cabarita, Merbein, Merbein South, Merbein West, Wargan, Welta), 3620 (Kyabram, Kyabram South, Lancaster, St Germains, Wyuna, Wyuna East), 3629 (Ardmona, Coomboona, Mooroopna, Mooroopna North, Undera), 3630 (Caniambo, Colliver, Dunkirk, Shepparton), 3644 (Barooga, Cobram, Cobram East, Koonoomoo, Lalalty, Muckatah, Yarroweyah), 3658 (Broadford, Clonbinane, Hazeldene, Reedy Creek, Strath Creek, Sugarloaf Creek, Sunday Creek, Tyaak, Waterford Park), 3660 (Caveat, Dropmore, Highlands, Hilldene, Kerrisdale, Northwood, Seymour, Seymour South, Trawool, Whiteheads Creek), 3752 (South Morang), 3754 (Doreen, Mernda), 3756 (Chintin, Darraweit Guim, Upper Plenty, Wallan), 3757 (Eden Park, Humevale, Kinglake Central, Kinglake West, Pheasant Creek, Whittlesea), 3764 (Forbes, Glenaroua, High Camp, Kilmore, Kilmore East, Moranding, Tantaraboo, Willowmavin), 3765 (Montrose), 3770 (Coldstream, Gruyere, Yering), 3775 (Christmas Hills, Dixons Creek, Steels Creek, Tarrawarra, Yarra Glen), 3777 (Badger Creek, Castella, Chum Creek, Healesville, Healesville Main Street, Mount Toolebewong, Toolangi), 3781 (Cockatoo, Mount Burnett, Nangana), 3796 (Mount Evelyn), 3799 (Big Pats Creek, East Warburton, McMahons Creek, Millgrove, Reefton, Warburton, Wesburn), 3802 (Endeavour Hills), 3803 (Hallam), 3804 (Narre Warren), 3805 (Fountain Gate, Narre Warren, Narre Warren South), 3807 (Beaconsfield, Guys Hill), 3810 (Pakenham, Pakenham South, Pakenham Upper, Rythdale), 3818 (Athlone, Drouin, Drouin East, Drouin South, Drouin West, Hallora, Jindivick, Ripplebrook), 3824 (Childers, Narracan, Thorpdale South, Trafalgar, Trafalgar East, Trafalgar South), 3825 (Aberfeldy, Amor, Boola, Caringal, Coalville, Coopers Creek, Erica, Fumina, Fumina South, Hernes Oak, Hill End, Jacob Creek, Jericho, Moe, Moe South, Moondarra, Newborough, Rawson, Tanjil, Tanjil South, Thalloo, Thomson, Toombon, Walhalla, Walhalla East, Westbury, Willow Grove, Yallourn, Yallourn North), 3840 (Driffield, Hazelwood, Hazelwood North, Hazelwood South, Jeeralang, Jeeralang Junction, Maryvale, Morwell), 3842 (Churchill), 3844 (Blackwarry, Callignee, Callignee North, Callignee South, Carrajung, Carrajung Lower, Carrajung South, Flynn, Flynns Creek, Koornalla, Loy Yang, Mount Tassie, Traralgon, Traralgon East, Traralgon South, Tyers), 3851 (Airly, Bundalaguah, Clydebank, Cobains, Darriman, Dutson, Dutson Downs, Flamingo Beach, Fulham, Giffard, Giffard West, Glomar Beach, Golden Beach, Kilmany, Lake Wellington, Loch Sport, Longford, Montgomery, Myrtlebank, Paradise Beach, Pearsondale, Seacombe, Seaspray, Somerton Park, Stradbroke, The Heart, The Honeysuckles), 3911 (Baxter, Langwarrin South), 3915 (Hastings, Tuerong), 3936 (Arthurs Seat, Dromana, Safety Beach), 3939 (Boneo, Cape Schanck, Fingal, Rosebud, Rosebud Plaza), 3940 (Capel Sound), 3941 (Rye, St Andrews Beach, Tootgarook), 3950 (Kardella South, Korumburra, Korumburra South, Strzelecki, Whitelaw), 3975 (Lynbrook, Lyndhurst), 3976 (Hampton Park), 3977 (Botanic Ridge, Cannons Creek, Cranbourne, Cranbourne East, Cranbourne North, Cranbourne South, Cranbourne West, Devon Meadows, Junction Village, Sandhurst, Skye), 3980 (Blind Bight, Tooradin, Warneet), 3981 (Bayles, Catani, Dalmore, Heath Hill, Koo Wee Rup, Koo Wee Rup North, Yannathan), 3984 (Adams Estate, Caldermeade, Corinella, Coronet Bay, Grantville, Jam Jerrup, Lang Lang, Lang Lang East, Monomeith, Pioneer Bay, Queensferry, Tenby Point, The Gurdies)