Numbers encouraging, but restrictions are staying

GIPPSLAND had 37 active cases of COVID – 19 when the Gippsland Times went to print Monday morning.

Wellington Shire was still yet to record any detected active cases, but has had 13 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

South Gippsland had four recorded active cases, Bass Coast three, Baw Baw six and East Gippsland one.

Latrobe, which has been battling a cluster at Traralgon’s Bupa Aged Care facility, had 23 active cases.

Other known cases have been linked to Fitness 4U Gym in Traralgon, and Lavalla Catholic College has closed both its Latrobe Valley campuses after two students tested positive to COVID -19.

There were 282 new cases announced on Monday morning, with 25 deaths on Sunday – the deadliest day in Victoria since the pandemic began, bringing the total number of deaths to 421.

On Sunday, the Premier said case numbers were heading in the right direction, but it was far too early to ease restrictions.

Regional Victorians only have four reasons to leave the house – shopping for essential items, care and caregiving, daily exercise, and work and study for those who are unable to do so from home.

Mask wearing is mandatory in regional Victoria unless there is a medical exemption or lawful excuse, and the penalty for not wearing a mask is $200.

The state of emergency has been extended to 11.59pm on Sunday, September 13, which allows the state government to continue enforcing physical distancing and isolation requirements as well as other directions from the Chief Health Officer.