Shepparton went into lockdown at midnight tonight, and the state’s COVID-19 Commander, Jeroen Weimar, said more cases have emerged overnight.
“We have 10 new cases in Shepparton in today’s numbers,” Mr Weimar said.
“Six of those are linked across four different households.
“That includes a case involving a grand final party with 17 other people and other people we know that are positive at that particular event,” he added.
There are 429 people in hospital in Victoria, 97 are in an ICU and 54 on a ventilator.
Relief package for construction industry
Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas announced a new $196.6 million package for the state’s construction businesses “most affected by the building sector lockdown”.
Mr Pallas said cash grants will be available for “thousands of operators who have been playing a key role in the fight against the Delta variant”.
“It will provide one-off payment to eligible businesses, including sole traders, to covers periods of restrictions from 21 September through to 4 October,” he added.
Mr Pallas also took aim at the Federal Government for withdrawing its funding for the industry.
“We are going to step up and play our part in assisting this industry but we are very, very unhappy the Commonwealth Government broke with its practice of co-funding business support packages in Victoria and refused to contribute to this industry.
“It is incomprehensive why this industry has been singled out for particular and might I say, unfair treatment by this government.
“And the Federal Government of course have taken this stance for reasons that can’t really be understood.”
Mr Pallas went on to accuse the government of “blatant favourable treatment for NSW” when it comes to providing financial support for the construction sector.
“The Commonwealth government has declined to contribute funding towards this program, as a result the state government continues to provide its share,” he added.
“But we will not be intimidated through a form of economic coercion to see our industries disadvantaged.
“Nor will we be subject to economic coercion by the Federal Government if they think that our commitment to public health outcomes will be influenced by their churlishness and mean spirited approach towards supporting industries that need help,” he added.
Every construction site must have a designated fully trained COVID-19 marshal to ensure compliance with restrictions. Before reopening, operators will need to have an up-to-date vaccination register available for compliance checks.
They include a man in his 80s from Hume, a woman in her 70s from Alphington and a man in his 70s from Moreland.
Greater Shepparton was also plunged back into lockdown yesterday.