Victoria is considering introducing a draconian stage-four lockdown after recording a record 484 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday.
In New Zealand, the stage-four lockdown saw butchers, bakers, fruit shops, hairdressers and even construction shut down. Businesses such as Bunnings and Kmart closed, and even takeaway food was banned.
Asked if such harsh restrictions were on the table for Melbourne, Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said: ‘Everything is under consideration.’
But he said a New-Zealand style lockdown could cause terrible economic damage and might not even help bring cases down.
‘To go to a particular model of lockdown that worked for one country at one point in time is not the solution,’ he said.
‘We have to understand what the dynamics of transmission are in Victoria at this point in time.
It may well be that it’s an awful impost on the economy and on people’s lives with no material benefit.’
Asked about reports he was considering a stage-four lockdown, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said: ‘There are no announcements being made today about rule changes.’
But he did not rule out harsher restrictions in the future.
‘These matters are under review based on the data each day,’ he said.
A cyclist is seen on Swanston Street in Melbourne.
Residents are allowed to medical leave application for college home for work and exercise