Man attempted 100km trip for surfing


A person attempting a 100km journey from Strathmore to the Surf Coast for a “surfing trip” was among 61 people fined in the past 24-hours for breaching lockdown laws in Victoria.

Victoria Police also busted multiple partygoers attending a gathering in Monash and a group of people sitting on a park bench drinking alcohol.

Victoria Police issued 19 infringements at vehicle checkpoints, while 20,246 motorists were checked on main arterial roads.

Police also conducted 4984 spot checks on people at homes, businesses and public spaces across the state.

Premier Daniel Andrews continued to drill the message of staying at home as Victoria recorded its biggest daily increase since the pandemic began.

New 484 cases overnight swamped Tuesday’s figure of 374 and beat the previous record of 428 last Friday.

It took the number of active cases in Victoria to 3408 and the total number of cases in the state to more than 6739.

Two more Victorians – two men in their 90s connected to aged care facilities- died overnight.

Mr Andrews had stern words for Victorians about what was driving the surging case numbers.

Almost nine in 10 people did not isolate when they first felt sick and when they went to get a test, the Premier said.

He said 53 per cent of people then did not isolate once they had their test and were awaiting results.

“There’s no reason to be going to work when you’re sick, it’s simply unacceptable,” Mr Andrews said.

“We certainly cannot have one in two people who are waiting for a test result simply going about their business as if they didn’t have symptoms, as if they weren’t waiting for a test result, as if this wasn’t a global pandemic.

“We just can’t have that any longer, that will continue to see more workplaces with positive cases, more businesses shut down, hundreds and thousands of people isolated at home either as positive cases or close contacts.”

anthony.piovesan@news.com.au



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