Lockdown decision looms

More to come: The state government is likely to make an announcement on lockdown restrictions tomorrow. file photograph

Staff Writers

VICTORIANS hoping for an easing of lockdown restrictions will have to wait until tomorrow, after Health Minister Martin Foley provided a Monday COVID update.

Talking to media without Premier Daniel Andrews he said the call is likely to be made tomorrow.

“We look forward to having more to say about what the next staged careful step out of these restrictions is tomorrow,” Mr Foley said.

“Our message continues to be please get vaccinated, please get tested even if you show the most mild of symptoms, please continue to check in everywhere every time and please do you bit to follow these restrictions, particularly as we get closer to the expiration of the current restrictions.”

The state recorded 11 new cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the number of active cases to 179.

All new COVID-19 cases are linked to current outbreaks and all were in quarantine throughout their infectious period.

Victorian health officials and senior ministers met overnight and again this morning to discuss the future of the state’s lockdown.

Locally, Wellington Shire recorded a third positive case of COVID-19 on Sunday afternoon, however Gippsland Region Public Health Unit (GRPHU) have labelled the case as ‘very low risk’.

The new case is a Primary Close Contact linked to a Tier 1b exposure site outside of the region who has been isolating during their entire infectious period.

No exposure sites have been listed in connection with this positive case.

The case is the only person within their household.