Melbourne in lockdown amid high COVID-19 cases

Residents across 36 suburbs in Melbourne will be forced into lockdown as Victoria tackles its worsening COVID-19 crisis.

More than 300,000 residents in 10 restricted postcodes will go into lockdown from midnight, with restrictions to remain in place until at least July 29.

They will not be allowed to leave home unless for approved work or study, providing care, exercise and shopping for essential supplies.

Under the lockdown, restrictions will apply including no holidaying, no recreational activities such as fishing or golf, or visiting family or friends.

Limits apply to some situations including weddings and exercise with someone not part of a household.

The lockdown came as Victoria recorded 73 new cases of coronavirus overnight.

Among the cases, three were from hotel quarantine, nine were linked to known and contained outbreaks, 19 were detected as a result of routine testing and 42 are still under investigation.

The state will also roll out new COVID-19 testing sites across the 10 Melbourne postcodes.

“There will be 12 new sites that will be dedicated testing locations across all of those postcodes that have been locked down from midnight tonight,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

Around 10 of the new testing centres will open today.

Meanwhile, WA recorded no new COVID-19 cases overnight.

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