The first Western Freeway checkpoint has been set up at Hopetoun Park before dawn this morning (Thursday), after metropolitan lockdown rules kicked in at midnight.

Reports are filtering in of vehicles being stopped in the Bacchus Marsh-bound lanes.

It comes after a City of Greater Geelong councillor revealed yesterday there would be checkpoints Geelong-bound on the Princes Freeway. 

The Geelong, Moorabool and Golden Plains council areas are not among the 31 affected by the new lockdown.

Victoria clocked up a total of 2,942 COVID19 cases yesterday, with 860 of them active.

The Melton council area has recorded 88 cases since the pandemic began and of them, 21 are active.

Neighbouring Moorabool has recorded three, None are active.

## COVID19 symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and loss of smell.

If you need to be tested, Djerriwarrh Health Services has a drive-through clinic in Barries Rd Melton, open 10.30am-6pm weekdays and 9am-12pm weekends.

People can also book a test at Darley Medical Centre on 5367 5000

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