Victoria braces for stage four lockdown after high COVID-19 cases, aged care crisis continues; New South Wales battle clusters, Australian death toll jumps to 201

Victoria braces for stage four lockdown after high COVID-19 cases, aged care crisis continues; New South Wales battle clusters, Australian death toll jumps to 201

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Melbourne is facing tougher stage four lockdown restrictions within days, which could mean more
businesses closing their doors, stricter stay-at-home rules and drastically cut public transport services.

State government officials and politicians worked late into Saturday night on the details of the next stage of the fight against the killer virus after Premier Daniel Andrews reported another 397 new COVID-19 cases and three more lives lost, two of them from aged care homes, as the deadly crisis in the sector deepened.

Daniel Andrews on Saturday.Credit:Penny Stephens

The Premier provided no detail at his press conference on what was being considered but sources close to the planning process say Melbourne could move to stage four, likely to be in force for six weeks, as early as Wednesday under the plan being considered.

The rest of the state would be placed under the stage three lockdown that has been in force in the metro area for the past four weeks, with further school closures also likely to be enforced.

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