7000 Calls Have Been Made To VIC Cops In Lockdown & That's A Lot Of Dobbing
Victorian Police have received a whopping 7,116 calls from people dobbing on each other in the six days since stage 3 restrictions began, reports the ABC. Plus 2634 reports were made online too. Those numbers also include general inquiry calls made around the Chief Health Officer's directions – but still, there's lots of dobbing going on, and it seems like it's pretty necessary too.
Earlier in the week, Deputy Commissioner Rick Nugent made it clear playing Pokémon GO was not included in the list of four reasons Melburnians could leave their house. Currently, those in Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire are only allowed to leave home to shop for food/essential goods, for work or study, to exercise or to provide care.
Rick said police had caught a few people out driving to find Pokémon and had to reiterate that doing so just isn't a reasonable excuse to leave your pad. “We’re finding people in cupboards, we’re finding people in garages… please stop,” Rick added, referring to other rule breakers who tried to hide when the cops rocked up to break up their house parties.
Today Victorian Premier Dan Andrews said (yet again) that he isn’t opposed to moving the state to stage 4 should COVID-19 cases continue to rise. Victoria had 317 new infections in the last 24 hours – the largest single day increase of any Aussie state or territory since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
“One of the key challenges across the board is the fact this is wildly infectious and … the life cycle of this virus means that the impacts are not clear or well known or understood or reflected in data for at least a week, and to be safe, really, two weeks’ time,” he said. “That’s why this is a six-week stay at home lockdown. That’s three full life cycles of this virus.”
Please do the right thing.
For yourself. For your family.
For every single Victorian.
— Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) July 8, 2020
He went on to explain that evidence is now showing it’s possible for people to have low-level symptoms of the virus. Those people are still testing positive many weeks after initially testing positive.
“Symptoms are sometimes aligned with that, sometimes they aren’t. That’s the point about it being quite a cunning enemy, it’s very, very challenging for us to be across every single case and for every single person to do everything they can to limit the likelihood of infecting someone else."
“It’s why it’s so important these rules are followed and I thank every Victorian who is following the rules. That’s the vast majority.”
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