After contracting coronavirus, a Melbourne doctor in his 30s is in intensive care.
The Age says he ‘s thought to have contracted the virus while working in a screening centre.
There were 549 health-care staff with active coronavirus infections as of late Thursday – with that number set to increase today.
It comes as the Victorian government is considering a tough new lockdown New Zealand-style after 627 new cases of coronavirus and eight new deaths have been recorded by the state today.
On Thursday night, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Prime Minister Daniel Andrews held crisis talks on implementing tighter new Melbourne restrictions.
Today, Victorian chief health officer Brett Sutton has announced the state is “exploring” the concept of a lockout in the New Zealand model.
It will entail the closing of all companies except vital facilities such as supermarkets, hospitals, petrol stations and healthcare.
“That’s what we’re exploring now,” he said. “Obviously, a step up in restrictions is a really significant measure but we are wanting it to be informed by evidence to the fullest extent possible, against that point of being proportionate.
“There are really significant consequences for what you do, in terms of increased restrictions. It has to be focused on what the data tells us about where transmission might be occurring. It may be the case that an intervention in a certain area will make a difference.
“It may also be the case that we look at restrictions in an area that are not a driver of transmission and that would be an unfortunate impost and unfortunate consequences for every who might be involved there.”