Thirty nine more people living in the City of Melton have been reported as having COVID19 today (Wednesday), while Ballarat has two fresh cases and Moorabool, none.

It means the Melton Council area currently has 434 active cases of the virus – making it the fifth worst-affected Local Government Area in Victoria, while Ballarat and Moorabool both have 13 each.

Health and Human Services figures show Melton has seen 658 known cases since the pandemic began, while Ballarat has recorded 31 and Moorabool 19.

Neighbouring Wyndham is now the State’s worst-affected council area – with 860 active cases and 1397 recorded since the start of the year.

Greater Geelong has 132 active COVID19 cases while Golden Plains has 12 and Hepburn 1.

State three restrictions come into effect from 11.59pm.

## It comes as another 725 Victorians with COVID19 were reported today.

Fifteen people have died of coronavirus in the last 24 hours including a man in his 30s. Twelve of the fatalities have been linked to aged care homes.

It brings the state death toll to 162.

Of the 538 people in hospital with the virus, 42 are in intensive care.

The Health Minister has also ordered the cancellation of all non-urgent elective surgeries in regional Victoria.

** In the last day, police have issued 155 fines for breaches of the Chief Health Officer’s directions.

Thirty-six were for failing to wear a face covering, five at checkpoints and 25 for disobeying the 8pm-5am metro curfew.

Another police officer has also been assaulted – this time at a checkpoint in Coldstream in Melbourne’s outer east.

A 41-year-od Chum Creek woman has been charged with assault and drug-driving offences.

A woman has also been fined for travelling more than 5km to travel to a shopping centre to buy makeup.

From 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August, workplaces in Melbourne must be closed unless: > the workplace is part of a permitted…

Posted by Victorian Department of Health & Human Services on Tuesday, 4 August 2020

** Victoria Police will enforce what the Chief Commisisoner calls a “hard approach” on people caught breaking stage 4 restrictions in the metro area and stage 3 in regional Victoria (including Moorabool).

From 11.59pm (Wednesday) thousands of Melbourne businesses will close, while people still working will need to carry a permit to work.

Individuals will face fines of up to $19,826 and businesses $99,132 if they issue permits to employees who do not meet requirements.

Young people are starting to reimagine the world they want to see after COVID-19. Let’s not go back to normal, but build back better! Illustration by Ellie Zahedi for Voices of Youth.

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** The Federal Government has announced a support package allowing Victorian parents to keep childcare places for their children.

From tomorrow it will allow centres to waive gap fees for parents who are not sending kids in because of restrictions.

The package will also guarantee childcare jobs and give centres funding needed to keep going.

Premier Daniel Andrews has also announced a new permit system allowing essential workers to access childcare.

** Coles has announced its metropolitan stores will close at 7.30pm each night. It is encouraging customers to order online instead.

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

Until 28 July 2021, Worksafe must be notified on 13 23 60 when employers or self-employed people become aware of a confirmed diagnosis in the workplace.

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.

A clinic is open at Ballarat Senior Citizens Centre, 16 Little Bridge St, 9am-2pm 7-days. Bookings: 1800 154 172.

The National Coronavirus Health Information line is 1800 020 080.

Lifeline can be contacted on 13 11 14 (24 hours), via text on 0477 13 11 14 or via online chat:

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