Melbourne’s 5km limit to be expanded to 20km

The five-kilometer Melbourne movement limit could be expanded to 20 kilometres, and when the Victorian government updates its pandemic road map on Sunday, optimistic thresholds for removing coronavirus restrictions are likely to be updated.

Thousands of Shepparton residents will continue to be tested urgently for days, but Premier Daniel Andrews said the city’s COVID-19 outbreak, which remained at three on Thursday, would likely not prevent regional Victoria from significantly loosening Sunday’s restrictions.

In order to assist the 100 currently serving with police at checkpoints dividing Melbourne and the areas, Mr Andrews has demanded more Defence Force personnel.

“If we can toughen up even further those border checkpoints to keep Melbourne and regional Victoria separated, well that will give us some options in regional Victoria that we otherwise wouldn’t have,” Mr Andrews said.

Professor Cheng said that modelling to be completed by Friday took into account factors such as increasing the five-kilometer movement limit from August 2 to 20 kilometres before what the Premier said on Sunday would be” significant changes”.

“We’re looking at everything at the moment,” Professor Cheng said.

“There’s models being run as we speak and they should be off the computer in the next day or so. It does take a little bit of time to do. We’re considering all sorts of things in making those decisions.”

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