Victoria’s snap lockdown is set to be extended after a meeting of health officials and government figures tonight.
Much concern rests on the specific variant that has been spreading throughout the community and forcing its way through aged care in the state.
Senior ministers met health officials for a “high-level briefing” surrounding the situation in Victoria and extending the state’s fourth lockdown.
Officials have not confirmed the extension but the ABC, Age and Herald Sun have reported the lockdown will carry on beyond its Thursday deadline.
It is unclear just how long it will last but the Herald Sun reports “tough restrictions to remain in place until at least early next week”.
The Age cited a “source close to the government”, speaking anonymously because “a final decision had not yet been made”.
“Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton’s team was leaning strongly toward recommending a lockdown extension,” it reads.
It is expected the decision will be made on Wednesday.
An extension to the lockdown is being considered by health officials and senior government ministers tonight. Concern is about fast this Indian variant is spreading. @abcmelbourne no word on how long, options being discussed.
— Richard Willingham (@rwillingham) June 1, 2021
More to come.
Originally published as Victoria’s lockdown set to extend