‘Groundhog day’: Victoria in lockdown again

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Victorians will be sent into lockdown again after the number of positive coronavirus cases climbed to 26 overnight and the number of exposure sites surged to nearly 80.

The lockdown was announced by acting Premier James Merlino on Thursday morning and goes into effect from 11.59pm for seven days.

The latest outbreak began after a man was released from hotel quarantine in South Australia after returning a negative test result but later tested positive. Two new cases were reported on Monday and the numbers have swelled since then.

On Tuesday night, additional restrictions were put in place that limited gatherings and made masks mandatory but as the virus was moving through the community for about a week before authorities became aware, the numbers have continued to climb leading to Thursday’s lockdown measures.

Today on Please Explain, The Age’s city editor Bianca Hall joins Nathanael Cooper to explore the latest lockdown measures and what brought Victoria to this point.

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The total reported Australian cases of thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) is now 24, with 21 confirmed and three considered probable. About 2.1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have been administered so far.

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