Rise in Covid-19 cases for Yarra Ranges

Authorities are hopeful social distancing restrictions will be followed over the Easter holiday period, as confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Yarra Ranges rises to 21.

The region has seen almost a doubling in confirmed cases over the past two weeks, from 11 on 25 March to over 20 on 8 April.

The total number of coronavirus cases in Victoria is 1212, as of Wednesday 8 April, an increase of 21 from Tuesday 7 April.

Currently 45 people are in hospital – including 12 patients in intensive care – and 736 people have recovered.

There are 101 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Victoria that may have been acquired through community transmission. More than 60,000 tests have been conducted to date.

There are only four reasons for Victorians to leave their home: food and supplies, medical care and care giving, exercise, and work or education.

Since Monday night, 6 April, Victoria Police have conducted 835 spot checks at homes, businesses and non-essential services and issued 114 fines as part of Operation Sentinel.

Among some of the fines handed out to people included three friends who were found playing video games in a lounge room and did not live together.

Four people were fined after being found walking the streets seeking drugs and a group of friends also received infringements for hanging out in a park.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton urged Victorians to stay vigilant, particularly as we approach the Easter holidays.

“The rules are clear – and they don’t change over Easter: if you can stay at home, you must stay at home,” he said.

“This is tough for many families, but no Easter holiday is worth a life. Stay at home, protect the health system, and save lives.

“There is no doubt about it – physical distancing will save lives. I urge people not to look for loopholes but to follow the advice and do the right thing.”

The Department of Health and Human Services’ hotline for public information on Covid-19, is 1800 675 398.

Further information is also available at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

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