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Victoria 'may need New Zealand-style lockdown'

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 30/07/2020 9News Staff

Victoria may need to adopt a New Zealand style lockdown to combat the state's growing COVID-19 crisis, deputy Labor leader Richard Marles said.

Mr Marles told Today "everything needs to be on the table" as Victoria braces for its 10,000th official case within hours.

"I do think we need to brace ourselves for, you know, tougher measures if that's what's required," he said.

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a group of people riding on the back of a truck: A move to a stricter New Zealand style lockdown in Victoria has been discussed by Premier Daniel Andrews and Prime Minister Scott Morrison, reports say. © Getty A move to a stricter New Zealand style lockdown in Victoria has been discussed by Premier Daniel Andrews and Prime Minister Scott Morrison, reports say.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Daniel Andrews are said to have discussed introducing tighter New Zealand-style lockdowns in Victoria to contain the escalating outbreak during talks lat night.

That would mean closing all businesses except for essential services, such as supermarkets and chemists, and also potentially restricting the movement of residents even further.


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One suggestion is keeping people to their immediate neighbourhood for essential supplies.

Mr Marles - a Victoria MP - said numbers of cases were heading "in the wrong direction".

"I mean, ultimately the one thing that we can't allow to keep happening is for this number to be going in the wrong direction and, you know, to state the obvious, we need to do whatever it takes," he said.

a man and a woman standing in front of a building: Stricter lockdown measures in Victoria could see shops and businesses forced to close again. © Getty Stricter lockdown measures in Victoria could see shops and businesses forced to close again.

He said it was being fuelled by some infected Victorians refusing to stay at home.

All state and territory leaders are due to hold further talks today.

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