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Final Melbourne public housing block leaves ‘hard lockdown’ but 100 still stuck inside

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The last Melbourne public housing tower has been released from “hard lockdown”, but not all residents are permitted to leave the building.

the The last Melbourne public housing tower has been released from "hard lockdown", but not all residents are permitted to leave the building.

Around 370 residents of the North Melbourne housing block on Alfred Street are now free to leave their homes for essential reasons in line with restrictions put in place across the rest of Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire.

It brings to an end a fortnight of the toughest COVID-19 restrictions Australia has yet seen.

But 123 others are still trapped inside their small units, either because they have tested positive to COVID-19 or are a close contact of someone who has.

"They're not allowed to leave their unit or their flat," Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said today.

Mr Andrews said they would be provided with "anything that they might need" during their time in continuing isolation.

"They'll continue to receive support and care both in practical ways, food and groceries, those sorts of things, as well as counselling and other support," he said.

On Friday, it was revealed that the Victorian Ombudsman was investigating the treatment of those inside 33 Alfred Street, following allegations some residents across the nine public housing towers in hard lockdown went days without receiving food and care packages and received little to no communication from authorities.

Victoria recorded 217 cases of coronavirus yesterday after a record peak on Friday of 428.

The state's Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton described the numbers as "a relief", but today's numbers will be indicative of whether that downward trend is set to continue.

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Cleaning takes place inside the Alfred Street Public Housing Complex in North Melbourne.

Police ordered 72 fines to people breaching coronavirus restrictions yesterday.

Under Stage Three restrictions currently in place for Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire, residents are only permitted to leave their homes to shop for essential items, for daily exercise, to seek medical attention and to attend work or school if unable to do so from home.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-melbourne-public-housing-tower-leaves-hard-lockdown-around-100-residents-still-trapped/09952af8-12fc-44a7-90f7-2d691df700d9

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