Victoria has put in place a seven-day lockdown from 11:59pm tonight with local residents now required to stay home following confirmation of additional locally-acquired cases of COVID-19, increasing exposure sites and a large and growing number of close contacts.
The pause extension is based on the public health risk assessment to further protect New Zealanders. Our public health staff remain in close contact with Victorian authorities about the actions being taken in Melbourne.
Locations of interest
In Australia, the 14-day travel restrictions for those who have visited locations of interest means they are ineligible to travel to New Zealand within 14 days from exposure – even with a negative COVID-19 test.
Advice for those recently in Melbourne
In addition to the extension, the Ministry of Health is updating advice for those who have been in Melbourne recently.
The Director-General of Health is now requiring everyone who has visited the Greater Melbourne area since 20 May to isolate at their place of residence until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result.
This is an additional cautious step. The number of locations of interest around Melbourne has grown substantially, making it difficult for visitors to easily keep track.
A Section 70 notice has been issued under the Health Act 1956 putting this in force.
The Ministry of Health is in the process of contacting all those who have visited Melbourne since 20 May to inform them of the new restrictions.
The Ministry of Health has previously contacted everyone who has returned to New Zealand from Melbourne since 11 May and provided advice on checking locations of interest and the actions required.
In New Zealand the COVID-19 test is free for New Zealanders and visitors when testing is advised by a health professional.
Use the NZ COVID Tracer app
The situation in Melbourne reinforces the importance of continued and frequent use of the NZ COVID Tracer app in allowing health authorities to quickly trace contacts.
Information about the variant
The variant of COVID-19 being found in Melbourne is the B.1.617.1 variant which was first reported in India.
Symptoms to look out for
The typical symptoms to look out for include:
- a new or worsening cough
- fever (at least 38˚C)
- shortness of breath
- a sore throat
- sneezing and runny nose
- and temporary loss of smell.
Some people may present with atypical symptoms, with or without typical symptoms. These include new onset of:
- myalgia (muscle pain)