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‘Movement means virus’: Premier says Melbourne’s 5km rule is still needed

“With the greatest of respect to Catherine Bennett, she’s not the Chief Health Officer,” he said.

“This strategy is working. The numbers are coming down and there are aggregate benefits from each of the measures we’ve taken. That doesn’t mean that … every person from public health across the world would necessarily agree with every decision we’ve made but have you to call these things and that’s what we’ve done.

“Movement means virus. It’s as simple as that. It’s about reducing movement. That’s what stay at home orders are all about. That’s what just about every single one of the measures we’ve put in place – it’s about reducing movement.”

Victoria recorded 10 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and seven more deaths.

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The number of active cases in the state dropped from 359 to 326. Tuesday’s figures bring the state’s rolling 14-day average to 18.9.

That number needs to be five or less, for the five-kilometre rule to be lifted as Melbourne moves towards step three of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

With most of Victoria’s new coronavirus cases linked to essential workers, including in aged care and at hospitals, leading infectious diseases physician Professor Peter Collignon said the five-kilometre radius was increasingly futile.

“It’s like measles and german measles,” he said of COVID-19. “We are not going to eliminate it or keep it eliminated. We have to have rules that make biological sense, but that don’t restrict us so badly that we can’t function in any sort of life.”

There are some exceptions to the five-kilometre rule under current restrictions, including those who are providing care, single people visiting a nominated person in another household, intimate partners, and people taking children to school and child care.

Those who gather outdoors to meet people from another nominated household – as was allowed from Monday – must not travel more than five kilometres from their home to meet.

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