Shepparton News

STILL LOCKED IN

PREMIER FLAGS MORE FREEDOM FOR REST OF REGIONAL VICTORIA, BUT SHEPPARTON SET TO STAY IN LOCKDOWN

- By DARREN LINTON

Tough lockdown restrictio­ns will remain in Greater Shepparton even if the Victorian Government moves to provide limited freedoms to the rest of regional Victoria next week. Another five cases were added to the Shepparton outbreak yesterday, and it is possible more will emerge as thousands of people who have been in mandatory quarantine linked to exposure sites at schools start presenting for day 13 tests today.

The five new cases in Shepparton were isolating. A single case was also reported in Seymour which is linked to a workplace in North Melbourne.

Premier Daniel Andrews was expected to announce modest changes to restrictio­ns across the state, but the health advice changed as the number of new cases announced yesterday rose to 120 statewide.

Chief health officer Brett Sutton said the number of cases was rising and likely to continue to rise.

“We’ve got a plan to ease restrictio­ns, but we do need to bend the curve,” he said.

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