Melbourne will go into its sixth lockdown tonight, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has just announced at a press conference. (You can watch the whole thing here if you're into that kind of thing.) The new restrictions will kick in from 8pm tonight, and is expected to last for seven days. The restrictions will also apply to residents of regional Victoria.
The announcement follows the news that Victoria recorded eight new cases of COVID. "Only three of those can be linked to a known outbreak", Premier Andrews said. He adds the remaining ones are "mystery cases", which therefore pose a particular risk to the community. As it stands, Melbourne residents have only been out of lockdown for less than a fortnight.
"We only get one chance to act fast", the Premier said. "We've been through that long lockdown", he said in reference to last year's infamous four-month lockdown. "We don't want to go back to that."
He asked that Victorians get tested for COVID as soon as they have symptoms, and continue to follow the rules.
Alright friends, I can feel myself shutting down emotionally. See you in a week.
Written by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer for MTV Australia. Follow her on Twitter @purpletank.