Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews shattered Melburn ‘s dream for independence when he declared that the region would remain in a close lockdown.
Mr Andrews has announced that there is no significant relaxation of restrictions for Melbourne after the state has reported seven new cases and no deaths in the last 24 hours.
“We had hoped today to be able to announce that metropolitan Melbourne would take significant steps, not from today but from mid-week, round retail, hospitality and a whole range of other, important next steps,” he said.
“We are not in a position to do that today because we have at least 1000 test results from that northern metropolitan outbreak that are in the labs.
“We will get those today, probably the balance of them tomorrow, and they will be additional testing conducted throughout the day.
“This is not anything other than a cautious pause, to wait to get that important information, to get the results of those tests.
“Just to rule out whether there are, whether there is more virus there than we think.
“Ultimately, if we can link these cases together, if we can link different outbreaks, then we have confidence that we have contained it and we can move forward.
“This is not a setback. It is simply waiting and being led by the data, being led by the science, and following public health advice.”