Premier Daniel Andrews declares a State of Emergency


A state of emergency has been announced for Victoria, with the premier expected to take new measures to overcome the spread of COVID-19.   

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 As of 12pm today, Premier Daniel Andrews will declare a state of emergency, put in place for a minimum of four weeks.

This will allow the government to make necessary changes, as it prioritises the health of Victorians amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Such changes include the enforcement of 14-day isolation periods for travellers, with Mr Andrews’ introducing this order to minimise the spread of the virus.

“It is an offence under the public health and wellbeing act to not comply with the orders that have been made and those orders in the first instance relate to that mandatory – it’s not optional in any way – mandatory home quarantine, or at a hotel if you are not a resident.”

The Andrews government is monitoring the progress of the pandemic daily, with more changes likely to occur as the virus peaks.

Rebecca Borg reporting for AJP News.

Audio: By Zapsplat available here and used under a Standard license.
Photo: By SF MARKET STREET CONTROL available here and used under a Creative Commons Attribution. The image has not been modified

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