Latrobe Valley to enter seven-day COVID-19 lockdown from midnight

The Latrobe Valley will enter a seven-day lockdown from 11:59 PM on Tuesday as the region fights to control a COVID outbreak.

Eighteen COVID cases have been reported in the LGA in recent days, with at least four more set to be reported in tomorrow’s numbers.

The lockdown restrictions will be the same as those in metropolitan Melbourne, excluding the curfew.

The Victorian government said the public health teams have “significant concerns about onward transmission in the Latrobe Valley and have determined that the seven-day lockdown is needed to limit growth in cases, as it did in Ballarat and Geelong.”

“If you’re in the City of Latrobe, please follow the lockdown restrictions, get tested if you have symptoms, and get vaccinated if you haven’t already,” Acting Chief Health Officer Ben Cowie said.

“We’ve just seen the Ballarat and Geelong communities get through an outbreak so we know it can be done – it’s vital we protect the local community and the rest of regional Victoria from significant outbreaks.”

More to come.

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