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‘People will die’: Victoria enters stage three COVID-19 restrictions

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Victoria will enforce stage three restrictions of the state-wide shutdown as of midnight tonight, as 56 new coronavirus cases bring the state’s total to 821.

Victoria will enforce stage three restrictions of the state-wide shutdown as of midnight tonight, as 56 new coronavirus cases bring the state's total to 821.

Premier Daniel Andrews declared the new restrictions meant indoor and outdoor gatherings would be limited to two people, excluding members of the same household. Playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gyms would also close.

Police have the power to slug anyone who breaches the rules a $1600 on the spot fine for individuals, or a $9913 for businesses. Larger fines can also be issued through the courts.

Premier Daniel Andrews said coronavirus cases in Victoria are nearing 700. Victoria Police have been bestowed with the power to slug individuals and businesses with fines for flouting social distancing measures

The restrictions will be reviewed after four weeks.

"If everyone follows these rules, and they are as simple as they can be, then we will slow the spread of this virus," Mr Andrews said.

"We will save lives, we will protect our health system, we will get through this together and we will get to the other side of it quicker.

"Unless you want to be burying an elderly relative or your best mate, or your parents ... do the right thing.

"It is very, very simple. Stay at home. Nothing could be simpler than that."

People are allowed to the leave the house for essential reasons, including to buy groceries and supplies, work or education if it can't be done from home, medical care, or exercise (maximum two people).

Twenty-nine Victorians are hospital, including four seriously sick in intensive care.

A State of Disaster declaration has not been ruled out to give the government "extraordinary powers" during the crisis.

Premier Daniel Andrews sternly reminded all Victorians to "stay at home" and called the isolation measures a "life and death" situation.

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"This is critically important. We cannot have people out socialising and gathering as if this wasn't happening.

"If we allow our health system to be overrun, then people will die."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-victoria-stage-three-covid19-restrictions-gatherings-two-people-on-the-spot-fines-issued/6a8da998-b7ab-4e92-8353-08b882430272

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