Five new cases of Covid recorded in Victoria during lockdown

Victoria records five new cases of Covid overnight amid warning lockdown could be EXTENDED – as Melbourne’s vaccine rollout suffers embarrassing delays with people turned away, six-hour queues and a computer glitch

  • Victoria has recorded five new cases of Covid in the 24 hours to Sunday 
  • It comes as state authorities suggested seven day lockdown could be extended 
  • Police arrested 14 protestors during anti-lockdown rally in Melbourne, Saturday 
  • Face masks are expected to be extended indoors beyond seven-day lockdown

Victoria has recorded five new local cases of Covid, taking the latest outbreak to 40 infections. 

The data comes amid warnings the state government is considering extending the snap seven day lockdown introduced to stem the spread of the virus. 

Further details of the new cases are expected to be released by Sunday afternoon amid concerns they will be linked to the highly infectious B1617 strain first identified in India. 

And while the government is still urging eligible Melburnians to get their Covid jab, a blunder in the state’s rollout saw embarrassing delays with people turned away from vaccination hubs, six-hour queues and a computer glitch which has put some people off booking in at all. 

Late on Saturday, Victorians were briefly able to access an online portal to book in for a vaccination – seemingly taking pressure off the overwhelmed phone lines.

In the 24 hours to Sunday, 17,702 people in the state were vaccinated against Covid

While the government is urging eligible Melburnians to get their Covid jab, a blunder in the state’s rollout saw embarrassing delays with people turned away from vaccination hubs, six-hour queues and a computer glitch which has put some people off booking in at all

The Victorian Department of Health later removed the service and released a statement revealing it was not supposed to be accessible just yet.

Hundreds of concerned Melburnians were worried they’d arrive at their appointment only to be told it wouldn’t be honoured given they’d booked through the now-defunct system.

But a spokesman for the Department of Health has since assured them their appointments were valid. 

‘Anyone who booked online during the test will have their bookings honoured – and we look forward to seeing you there,’ the statement read.

In the 24 hours to Sunday, 17,702 people in the state were vaccinated against Covid.

But queues at some vaccination hubs were six hours long while other centres were forced to tell those patiently waiting to come back and try again another day as they struggled to cope with the uptick in demand.

Some 60 people at another hub were turned away due to a shortage of Pfizer vaccines.  

Members of the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s music therapist team play the guitar for people in line at a mass coronavirus vaccination hub at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Pictured: Victorian Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien receives his COVID-19 vaccine in Melbourne

Victorians are turning out in droves to be tested for coronavirus, with 45,301 results received in the 24 hours to Sunday. 

But state officials say it is too early to guarantee the strict lockdown restrictions will be eased by Thursday as promised, given the amount of cases still being discovered each day.

At present, masks are mandatory and residents can only leave home to shop for essentials, provide or receive care, exercise, work or study or get vaccinated. 

On Saturday, Health Minister Martin Foley said he was confident authorities were bringing the outbreak under control – but refused to speculate on an extended lockdown.

‘We do not know what is in store in the next 24 hours but are making exceptional progress in terms of contact tracing and we are, I think, getting close on the heels of this outbreak,’ Mr Foley said. 

The potential extension of the lockdown will be looked at as a ‘day by day proposition’ and be dependent on case numbers and the success of contact tracing.

A near-deserted Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne on Friday. Victorians can only leave home for five reasons – to shop for food and essential items, provide or receive care, exercise, work or study if they can’t from home, and to get vaccinated

Victorians are turning out in droves to be tested for coronavirus, with 45,301 results received in the 24 hours to Sunday

Even if the lockdown is lifted, it is likely mandatory mask wearing indoors will remain as an ‘insurance policy’. 

But the state is still contending with frustrated locals who are furious that they’re entering the fourth lockdown of the crisis – a stark comparison to the handling of the virus in other Australian states.

On Saturday, about 150 anti-lockdown protesters gathered in the CBD to argue against the latest shutdown.

Victoria Police made 14 arrests and issued 55 penalty notices worth $1,652 each.  

Two police officers suffered minor injuries during the arrest of six protestors in Victoria Street in North Melbourne. 

Even if the lockdown is lifted, it is likely mandatory mask wearing indoors will remain as an ‘insurance policy’. Pictured: Health workers conduct COVID-19 testing at the Montague Street centre in South Melbourne

Anti-lockdown protestors (pictured) fighting with police in extraordinary scenes on Saturday in Victoria


Police arresting a woman (pictured) during a planned ‘Millions March’ rally at Flagstaff Gardens in Melbourne on Saturday

Two protestors face a six-month jail sentence after allegedly assaulting and injuring police. 

In a separate incident, a 62-year-old woman is facing a prison term after allegedly attempting to bite a police officer.

She was charged with assaulting an emergency worker, resisting police and breaching the chief health officer’s directives.  

The anti-lockdown rally came as it was revealed wearing face masks and other restrictions could be extended well beyond the seven-day lockdown in Victoria.  

Face masks will likely be extended beyond the state’s seven-day lockdown. A woman wears a face mask in Melbourne on Thursday

The government will look to discuss new density limits for indoor dining and other venues this week.

Whether students will return to the classroom will also be on the agenda – but this will be determined by the number of local Covid cases recorded during the week. 

The Andrews government is also expected to announce a multimillion dollar compensation scheme for businesses on Sunday, with many crippled by the latest enforced lockdown.  

New Melbourne tier one exposure sites:

Abbotsford – Dukes Gym Abbotsford, 571-573 Victoria Street; 6:15pm – 8:15pm on May 24

Axedale – Axedale Tavern, 105 High Street; 11:45am – 1:30pm on May 23

Balwayn – Endless Lifestyle Studio, Shop 3/188 Whitehorse Road; 9:45am – 12:40pm on May 23

Bayswater North – Mcdonalds, 296 Canterbury Road; 11:00pm – 12:00am on May 21

Bundoora – Jump! Swim Schools, 4/37 The Concord; 8:55am – 10:15am on May 21

Bundoora – Anytime Fitness, Shop TG-01, Uni Hill Town Centre, 1-3 Janefield Drive; 3:40pm – 5:30pm on May 23

Bundoora – Anytime Fitness, Shop TG-01, Uni Hill Town Centre, 1-3 Janefield Drive; 4:50pm – 5:50pm on May 24 

Carrum Down – Sabrini Foods, 77 Boundary Road; 2:00pm – 6:00pm on May 19

Clifton Hill – McDonald’s, 199 Queens Parade; 6:00pm – 7:00pm on May 22

Craigieburn – Dosa Hut, Shop D1/420-440 Craigieburn Road; 5:45pm – 7:15pm on May 25

Dandenong -Spice Inn Groceries, 4 16-46 Cleeland Street; 1:00pm – 1:40pm on May 19

Dandenong -Bestway Supermarket, 200-208 Lonsdale Street; 12:15pm – 1:15pm on May 19

Dandenong – Bestway Supermarket, 21-23 Cleeland Street; 1:00pm – 1:40pm on May 19

Dandenong – Marmara Halal Meats, 141- 145 Lonsdale Street; 11:35am – 12:25pm on May 19 

Epping – JMD Grocers & Sweets, 768 High Street; 10:30am – 1:00pm on May 17

Epping – Nando’s, Shop 17 Dalton Village, 351-371 Dalton Road; 8:30pm – 9:20pm on May 19

Epping -The Furniture Trader, 102-120 Cooper Street; 12:00pm – 12:50pm on May 18

Epping -The Grande Reception & Function Centre, 6-8 Helm Court; 6:30pm – 11:45pm on May 22

Epping -Epping Spices & Nuts Grocery Store, 6/1 Lyndarum Drive; 9:00am – 9:00pm on May 22

Epping – Epping Spices & Nuts Grocery Store, 6/1 Lyndarum Drive; 9:00am – 9:00pm on May 24

Epping -Epping Spices & Nuts Grocery Store, 6/1 Lyndarum Drive; 9:00am – 9:00pm on May 25

Epping – Epping Spices & Nuts Grocery Store, 6/1 Lyndarum Drive; 9:00am – 9:00pm on May 26

Epping -Khalsa Sweets and Snacks, 3 Annalise Ave; 12:20pm – 1:10pm on May 18

Epping – Indiagate Spices and Groceries, Unit 14C, 560-590 High Street; 9:45am – 10:30am on May 19 

Greenvale – Barrymore Medical Centre, 9 Barrymore Road; 12:25pm – 1:30pm on May 25

Hampton – Body Fit Training Hampton, Shop 4-6/498 Hampton Street; 5:35pm – 7:00pm on May 24

Hampton – Body Fit Training Hampton, Shop 4-6/498 Hampton Street; 5:21pm – 7:00pm on May 25

Maribyrnong – Ishka, Highpoint Shopping Centre, Level 2, 120-200 Rosamond Road; 5:45pm – 6:20pm on May 20

Maribyrnong – Kidstuff, Highpoint Shopping Centre, Level 2, 120-200 Rosamond Road; 5:20pm – 5:55pm on May 20

Maribyrnong – Lush Cosmetics, Highpoint Shopping Centre, Level 2, 120-200 Rosamond Road; 6:05pm – 6:35pm on May 20

Maribyrnong – Smiggle, Highpoint Shopping Centre, Level 3, 120-200 Rosamond Road; 5:55pm – 6:30pm on May 20

Maribyrnong – Toyworld, Highpoint Shopping Centre, Level 2, 120-200 Rosamond Road; 5:30pm – 6:20pm on May 20

Melbourne – Bamboo House, 47 Little Bourke Street; 11:00am – 11:50am on May 21

Mickleham – Botanical Display Homes (Botanical Display Village), 23-25 Poppy Street; 11:15am – 1:00pm on May 23

Mill Park – Star Car Wash 1, Westfield Plenty Valley, 52/415 McDonalds Rd; 8:00am – 5:30pmon May 22

Mill Park -Star Car Wash 1, Westfield Plenty Valley, 52/415 McDonalds Rd; 8:00am – 5:30pm on May 23

Mill Park – Star Car Wash 1, Westfield Plenty Valley, 52/415 McDonalds Rd; 8:00am – 5:30pm on May 25

Mill Park – Star Car Wash 1, Westfield Plenty Valley, 52/415 McDonalds Rd; 8:00am – 5:30pm on May 26

Moonee Ponds – Moonee Valley Football Club – Ormond Park Function Room/Bar, 2A Pattison Steet; 4:00pm – 6:00pm on May 22

Moonee Ponds – Moonee Valley Football Club – Ormond Park (Male Change Rooms), 2A Pattison Steet; 12:00pm – 4:00pm on May 22

Port Melbourne – Stratton Finance HQ, 1/435 Williamstown Road; 12:00am – 11:59pm on May 20

Port Melbourne – Stratton Finance HQ, 1/435 Williamstown Road; 12:00am – 11:59pm on May 21

Port Melbourne – Stratton Finance HQ, 1/435 Williamstown Road; 12:00am – 11:59pm on May 22

Port Melbourne – Stratton Finance HQ, 1/435 Williamstown Road; 12:00am – 11:59pm on May 23

Port Melbourne – Stratton Finance HQ, 1/435 Williamstown Road; 12:00am – 11:59pm on May 24

Port Melbourne – Stratton Finance HQ, 1/435 Williamstown Road; 12:00am – 11:59pm on May 25

Prahan – Somewhere Bar, 181 Chapel Street; 10:30pm – 1:00am on May 22

Prahan – Three Monkeys, 210 Chapel Street; 9:10pm – 11:00pm on May 22

Prahan – Three Monkeys, 210 Chapel Street; 12:30am – 2:00am on May 23

Preston – Preston City Hall, 284 Gower Street; 9:30am – 11:00am on May 22

Reservoir – Healthy India, 276 Broadway; 9:30am – 2:00pm oon May 27

Reservoir – Vicfields Summerhill Shopping Centre, 850 Plenty Road; 4:20pm – 5:30pm on May 18 

South Melbourne – Miss China Noodle Bar (within Clarendon Centre), Shop G08/261 Clarendon Street; 12:40pm – 1:40pm on May 25

South Melbourne – Telstra Shop, Shop G01/265 Clarendon Street; 9:15am – 5:30pm on May 24

South Melbourne – Telstra Shop, Shop G01/265 Clarendon Street; 9:15am – 5:30pm on May 25

South Melbourne – Clarendon Centre – Public Toilets, 261 Clarendon Street; 9:15am – 6:45pm on May 25

South Melbourne – Clarendon Centre – Public Toilets, 261 Clarendon Street; 9:15am – 6:15pm on May 24

South Melbourne – Clarendon Centre – Female public toilets, 261 Clarendon Street; 9:15am – 6:45pm on May 24

Thomastown – 7-Eleven Thomastown North, Cnr Edgars Road & Main Street; 5:45pm – 6:15pm on May 23

Wollert – Erol’s Fruit Shop, 319 Harvest Home Road; 11:25am – 12:10pm on May 18

Wollert – Hamara Bazaar, 315 Harvest Home Road; 10:30am – 11:30am on May 18      

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